Well, I knew my mentor would start to challenge me right fromthe off. She asked what my dream job would be if money was no option. Being someone who quickly makes her mind up about something, I immediately stated that I really enjoyed teaching when I have occasionally been invited to lecture at the local universities. However, afterwards, I sat and reflected on our conversation (not something I do often) and wondered whether it was indeed my dream job or whether it was something I would like to just dip into now and again. After some thought, I came to the decision that it wasn’t something I wanted full time after all, what I did want to do though was to improve and expand my skills in the risk management arena.
I have spent the last couple of years doing a part time mix of jobs and although this did give me a nice variety of work, it never felt like I gave both jobs enough attention. So I don’t want to fall into the trap of trying to do too much again and I’m clear that I will pursue some lecturing possibilities without committing myself to a regular session.
Without my mentor challenging my initial responses, I would never have taken the time out to really sit and think about what I wanted in the longer term. Why did I immediately respond like I did to her initial open question? It made me sit back and reflect, I am a ‘get up and get on with it’ type of girl so reflection is something I need to nurture further in the future. I think it will help me make better, considered, decisions which have a chance of proving more fruitful and fulfilling to me in the longer term. Having a mentor has forced me to start to question my immediate thoughts, qualify them a bit more, and refine what I really want out of my professional life.
Our journey has just begun!