Mentorship and Me (Part 2) : Alison Crawford - the journey commences

Posted by | April 18, 2012 | Mentee Blog Posts | No Comments

My first mentor meeting was something of an eye-opener.  Talking about your strengths and weaknesses, motivators and drivers isn’t an easy thing to do, but that’s what we did.  Fear of not achieving meant that I have never ever written myself a career plan, despite considering myself fairly ambitious.  All this must change, says my mentor.

So now I have a summary of my discussion, all in black and white and I can’t say I’m impressed with myself!  I know what my weaknesses are, and now they are written down and acknowledged I can’t very well ignore them anymore can I?  But this is just the kick up the bum I need, to reflect on my problem areas and do something about them.  First off, I will see a project from beginning to end (and not just beginning or end).

So homework is to do a 5 year plan, find out what ‘colour’ I am and to do a bit of reflection on the last session.  I guess the main take home message is that staying where I am and following the promotion chain up doesn’t really appeal to me anymore, I don’t see anyone senior in my organisation doing anything exciting.  Although I’d like my bosses job it’s mainly so I can have more autonomy than because it’s the path to the career I’d really like.  Still, I suppose it’s a start, time for more thinking.

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  • Aresko says:

    It can be challenging looking at yourself, but so rewarding as its the first step in making changes however big, however small, they all start with this sort of honest reflection. Its important to write it down, so as you say, you can’t prevent its not there anymore 🙂

    I hope you enjoy our sessions, and this little blog is a way of keeping a diary for you to look back on to see the journey you are making. Its brave to do this in blog fashion, knowing everyone can read it if they wish. But thats a great stride in itself, being honest out loud like this is another way of acknowledging issues you want to change.

    Good luck, I’m enjoying it already 🙂

  • Aresko says:

    It can be challenging looking at yourself, but so rewarding as its the first step in making changes however big, however small, they all start with this sort of honest reflection. Its important to write it down, so as you say, you can’t pretend it’s not there anymore

    I hope you enjoy our sessions, and this little blog is a way of keeping a diary for you to look back on to see the journey you are making. Its brave to do this in blog fashion, knowing everyone can read it if they wish. But thats a great stride in itself, being honest out loud like this is another way of acknowledging issues you want to change. So a huge thank you from me.

    Good luck, I’m enjoying it already 🙂

  • Peggy Edwards says:

    Whilst it is painful having your weaknesses pointed out to you, don’t forget you have strengths as well and your mentorship relationship will help draw those out as well. Good luck, it may be a bumpy journey but you will enjoy it, I am.

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