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professionals need to seek out women
exclusively, for example," said Bowers of
7-Eleven. "It's more about finding the individual who is likely to stretch you the most,

and that may not be someone you think you would have
the most in common with at the time."
For those looking to find a mentor and grow within the
convenience store industry, it's suggested they seek to
learn as much as possible about all aspects of the organization - even the areas not immediately affecting their
job. Learning all they can is the best way for a c-store
employee to rise in the ranks, especially if they want a
corporate role.
"If you have an opportunity to 'shadow' all levels of the
field organization, you should do it," Rehwaldt advised. "If
you don't understand the operation from the customer
service representative to the area manager, you will not be
successful and will not be able to successfully advance in a
corporate role."
Being a mentor, or working with one, can change the
trajectory of someone's career. One should not do it unless
their heart is in it. Otherwise, they won't be successful.
"I have had the benefits of mentors," Bowers said. "Many of
us can reflect on mentors, whether academic, professional
or personal, who have made a profound impact on us." CSN

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