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Page 28 of 97 | Mobility 25 AROUND THE WORLDWIDE ERC ® Young Professionals What questions do you have for a mentor? What words of advice would you off er to a newcomer to the fi eld? My favorite question to ask those that have gone before me in any situation is, "What should keep me up at night?" If it keeps your boss or your mentor awake at night, then you should be worried about it, too. My second question is, "What one thing would you do diff erently in your career if you could go back and change things?" It gives me insight into their career goals, how they changed over time, and how they ended up where they are today. How would I advise a newcomer? First and foremost, keep an open mind and be as fl exible as possible. You will need to be both adaptable and fi rm in interpreting the relocation policy—proactive to situations that you can predetermine and reactive to situations that catch you off guard. My second piece of advice would be to never stop learning. Seek out the answers, solve the hard prob- lems. Take on the hard projects, and always say yes to learning something new or to exploring other tasks that aren't in your job description. Finally, get involved. Use the local and regional chapters of Worldwide ERC ® , grow your network, and learn from others. Christina Seskey, GMS Director, Business Development Arpin Group Fifteen years ago, I was 19 years old and working as a receptionist at a real estate offi ce in Portland, Oregon, for a company headquartered in Denver. When a corporate bigwig visited our offi ce, I mustered all of my acquired business savvy and stammered out, "I'm moving to Denver; are you hiring?" He was either very impressed or took pity on me, but either way I snagged an interview. Fast-forward a few weeks, and I was walking into my fi rst day as a relocation assistant. The fi rst few years were a blur of learning. Slowly but surely I climbed the ladder, eventually becoming a relocation counselor, and I loved it. But eventually I started looking for opportunities to grow. So, my fi rst recommendation to a newcomer in the fi eld is to stay open-minded about career opportunities. Whether your interest is animals or accounting, science or service, there are mobility-related positions that will value your unique skills. I am a shameless process junky who loves technology, so I now work for a software company where I get to ask, "Why do you do it that way?" for the greater good of my clients. I've had good work friends who have encouraged and supported me along the way. This encourage- ment included the occasional reality check or swift kick where warranted. This brings me to my second recommendation: Build real relationships. Try getting

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