Over time, anthropologists have blazed career trails and done what might have seemed unusual orimpossible before, entering new realms where this type of hire was never previously considered. Someanthropologists even had jobs created especially for them, based on their particular skills. Hearing theirstories about how they got these jobs can be very insightful as you are getting started and in later stages ofcareer development as well. It is likely that someone has created a career path similar to what you want todo, so the networks and communities of established anthropologists and colleagues are great resources forup-and-coming anthropologists.Everyone can benefit from good mentorship. We believe that it is most advantageous to have multiplementors. These can be anthropologists and nonanthropologists; a mentor can be anyone whose judgmentyou trust and advice you seek. A mentor can both encourage and constructively critique your ideas andwork. Mentors can be people who are in your personal life or your professional life, or cross over thesedomains. The concept here is to be able to get a range of input from diverse people who do not all think insimilar ways or even value or prioritize the same things. Inevitably, if you have a variety of mentors, theymay offer conflicting advice about what choices you should make or what you should do in specificcircumstances. The mentors will be able to see your strengths and weaknesses, your skills acquired andskills needed, and good opportunities as well as ones that are not as promising. You must then take all ofthis feedback and decide what to do with it, but you will be better equipped to do so from getting thismixture of perspectives. We have an exercise later in the book that will enable you to further contemplateroles and expectations for mentoring relationships that you would like to have. We strongly encourage youto share all of your responses to all the exercises with your mentors. The exercises can help you discuss aseries of important career-related topics in a more structured way and help you get additional valuablefeedback.Another important benefit of good mentoring is that your mentors can help you to develop a strongprofessional network. They can introduce you to new people, and if you have a range of mentors, it can beexpected that they will know different people as well. Oftentimes the mentor can serve as a liaison tomeeting people and as an advocate who puts in a good word about you and your capabilities as well. Likementoring, networking involves finding people you can learn from and help. Your mentors can aid youwith learning to communicate effectively in such situations. Some of the exercises will help you withintroducing yourself and communicating about your interests, skill set, and what you can offer. Keep inmind that networking is an important ongoing career activity and not just something you do when you arejob hunting.