What does Kevin Bacon have to do with mentoring?
As with Kevin Bacon's famous 'six degrees of separation', upcoming CAs are equally connected to a world of professional experience.
Upcoming CAs and their peers are closely connected through the global CA community and CA Connect. These connections might not include any famous actors, Kevin Bacon or otherwise, (because only CAs can join ICAS), but they'll certainly help you tap into valuable guidance and expertise.
Six degrees of Kevin Bacon
The game known as the "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" is played by movie buffs to see how closely linked anybody in Hollywood is to the famous actor who inadvertently inspired the game with a chance comment in an interview.
For business professionals the world over, the beauty of the 'Bacon effect' is that we are all connected to each other by a surprisingly small number of links. According to the 'six degrees of separation' theory, any two people are no more than six or fewer acquaintance links apart.
Make the 'Bacon effect' work for you
How does this relate to CAs looking for someone to help guide them through their career? Well, finding the right mentor is important; for CAs it can mean the difference between good performance and outstanding performance, as well as setting you on the right path for future career success.
Your own personal connections might lead you to a mentor who has the time, the right experience and the inclination to help you, but not everyone has those connections.
Can you rely on chance to find that person? Your employer might offer some form of mentoring or career shadowing. Even then, you'll probably be looking at a limited pool of potential mentors and may have no say in choosing your mentor.
It is often far more beneficial to sound out ideas and talk through your challenges with someone who is completely unconnected to your organisation. Finding a mentor from outside your existing organisation brings a truly objective, fresh perspective – and that's invaluable. Being able to choose the most appropriate mentor is just one of the many benefits CA Connect brings exclusively to ICAS members.
So how does it work?
The ICAS career-mentoring process is entirely member-initiated, with interested CAs required to proactively reach out to potential mentors or mentees through CA Connect, our member-exclusive online community platform.