The biggest edge you can get in your career comes from the people in your network. Especially those you seek out as mentors. Listen in on the conversation I had with the leaders of two mentorship programs to hear how to hook yourself up with the guidance you need to bend the curve on yoru career trajectory.
Network before you need it. Networking is essential to growing your career. It's how people learn about you, your interests and capabilities, so plant those seeds starting now.
You should have several mentors at a time. It doesn't have to be a formal relationship, seek out a regular touchpoint with someone further up the career ladder than you.
Don't underestimate the value that your near peers can provide. Just a 5-10 years ahead in their own career journey, they have recent and relevant insights that career aces may not.
Get involved in professional organizations to build your own leadership skills.