A couple of months ago, I wrote a post on why hiring a mentor was a smart move to make. I’m a firm believer of learning from people who have been there and done that. In fact, one of my favourite quotes on mentorship is as follows:
However, this is not to say that without mentors, you will amount to nothing. There are other ways, outside of mentoring, to help your career and/or business grow.
One thing I love about the internet is that you can find just about anything. I remember when I just discovered the amazing world of Google. Before you say “A”, I’ve quickly googled the answer to the problem. When I receive a nasty email from a client, I’ll immediately consult Google on the best way to respond.
Having a bad day? Use Google. Can’t seem to remember the lyrics to that song you were humming? Google. Want to know whether your favourite actor is married or divorced? Google it! As a result of my numerous googling adventures, I’ve become quite familiar with a lot of blogs. These blogs range from lifestyle to careers, and so on.
Why am I ranting about the wonders of the popular search engine? I guess to let you know that there are other viable alternatives to hiring a mentor. One of such is to follow blogs. Blogs that are dedicated to that particular niche that you seek mentoring.
Just as there are so many false information on the internet, so are there blogs with misleading facts. But because I want the best for you *wink*, I’m going to list out some of my favourite career/business blogs. These blogs usually address topical issues that can positively impact your career, and also help you become a kick-ass entrepreneur.
Without further ado, here are some of the blogs that I think you should follow regardless of whether you have a mentor.
I love Career Contessa, and not because it is solely dedicated to career women. This is one of the blogs that, in my opinion, have addressed issues that women face in the work place. It offers practical solutions to overcoming these challenges. From networking to personal branding to negotiation of salary, you name it.
It also gives you the option of registering for webinars or hiring a mentor (who are mostly women). If you have any issues, or you’re trying to figure out how best to grow your career/business, then I suggest you head over to Career Contessa.
Notwithstanding the fact that it is clearly written on the home page that the site is a career site dedicated to women, I still think anybody (including men), can benefit from the blog.
Before you accuse me of only thinking of the women, I must point out that this blog contains a lot of information that will also help the guys as well. SheLeadsAfrica, like Career Contessa, is where you go for advice and tools on how to network and succeed in life. The blog contains articles on different issues germane to career advancement.
One other thing I love about SheLeadsAfrica, (well apart from the fact that I’m also a contributing author), is the SLAY Festival. This is a one day gathering of experts in marketing, strategy, finance, and human resources who provide free one-on-one coaching to the attendees. Career coaches also make a point of attending so as to help with CV review, interview prep, job search tips and building your career brand.
The SLAY Festival is held once a year, and this year’s own was held in Lagos, Nigeria. You can follow and subscribe to the blog to receive newsletters and most importantly, get notifications on the next SLAY Festival.
This blog has a special place in my heart just because of one reason, it preaches Africa to the world. When you read my interview with the founder, John-Paul Iwuoha, you will understand why I’m fascinated with what he is doing with the blog.
If you are one of those people who is looking to invest in Africa, or you are an entrepreneur and need tips on how to grow your business, then you really should follow the blog.
Outside of the rich articles and inspiring interviews of the best brains in the business world, the blog also offers business ideas and insights on how to start, grow and nurture your business. Did I also mention that you can purchase the book 101 Ways To Make Money In Africa co-authored by the brain behind the blog?
This blog is a bit similar to Career Contessa. However, it caters to all and sundry. One thing to note is that The Muse claims to be the only online career resource that offers a behind-the-scenes look at job opportunities with hundreds of companies, original career advice from prominent experts, and access to the best coaches to get personalised and private career help.
I love the fact that you can get advice, search for jobs, listen to podcasts, all on the same blog. I’ll advice that you check them out as well.
To be honest, when I first subscribed to Career Girl Daily (CGD) via Bloglovin, I was disappointed and almost unsubscribed. I felt that the topics were unrealistic and just written for the sake of writing. Please don’t get me wrong, some of the posts were fantastic so much so that I bookmarked them. However, I felt some of the topics were a bit basic for a career blog..
Regardless, it is a blog I will recommend to anyone looking to grow their careers.
Yep, there you have it. The career/business blogs that I think you should follow. I wanted to include my blog (for the culture), but you already follow me so there’s really no need. LOL!
In all seriousness though, please check out the career section of the blog for tips on how to improve in your career/business. You will also find posts on how to be a team player, how to network effectively, and so much more.