Building helpful relationships with others can give you a huge boost during your career and can come in especially useful when you’re hoping for a move up the ladder. As well as building your wider network of contacts, you may also want to consider working with a mentor, either from inside or from outside your current organisation. Mentors can be a great source of advice and encouragement, especially during fraught or tricky times at work.
Turning to your boss (or anyone else in your department, for that matter) for this kind of support is not always a safe or wise career move. Let’s say you and another colleague have