Me? A mentor? What?
That’s what I thought when the president of my company sent an email to a group of us at work. I said, “Sure. Count me in.”
Now what? I wonder what I will say. What do I have to share with her that will make someone’s entry into the workforce better than it would have been without me?
I think about myself at that point in my life. I had no idea of what was in store for me or what I would evolve to after all these years and what I would learn after graduation.
I learned how to make myself indispensible (or so I thought). I learned how to juggle a multitude of projects all at once. I learned that my boss didn’t necessarily make the best decisions every single time and that I might need to speak up every once in a while. I learned that I could make my opinion count. I learned that building relationships help you in your personal life, but that they’re also important in your professional life. I learned that even the most daunting projects can be enjoyed if you remember to have fun and if you really like the people you’re working with. I learned how to learn from everyone I came in contact with no matter what their job was/is, no matter how long they’ve been doing this, no matter.
Tomorrow, I begin the journey of being someone’s mentor as they get ready to finish school and enter the workforce. Wish me luck!