Help! My mentor blew me off and I don't know what to do
Dear Insider,I had a call scheduled with a person whom I admire, and whose career trajectory is something I'd like to learn more about. After reaching out, she made some time for me in her schedule for a phone call. The last correspondence I had was with her assistant who asked me for my number so this person would be able to reach me, which I took to mean that she would be the one to call me.
Blown off by a mentor
Dear Blown Off,This is a tricky one. Because you were already the initiator here, you probably feel like you're prodding if you follow up again. But this person you admire is probably happy to talk to you. She had her assistant contact you, and was planning on the call. She's the one who screwed up. You didn't do anything wrong.
If I were you, I would follow up with the assistant as soon as you can and say you never received the call at the agreed-upon time. Ask to reschedule.
If not, there are probably more reliable mentors out there.
***Ashley Lutz is a senior editor at Business Insider answering all your questions about the workplace. Send your queries to asktheinsider@ for publication on Business Insider. Requests for anonymity will be granted, and questions may be edited.
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