I received a message from my new mentor today. I’m so excited. They actually found someone who works in the same field as me! I can’t believe it. My mentor has experience in the position that I have now and the position that I aspire to have. My mentor also has the same hobbies and personal interests as me.
It is a little odd at first composing a response to someone whose name I don’t know. But I suppose with time it will get easier.
I was asked to complete an Introductions exercise. In it I describe my job, life, past mentoring experiences, and goals for this experience.
I’ll share a summary of my introduction here.
I work for a fairly large non-profit. I’m basically a jack of all trades. I do public relations, computer work, training, etc. My organization is going through a major reorganization. I’m not sure where I will fit in when all is said and done. I’d like to advance in my career but I feel stuck. As a 30-something I feel stuck. I’m no longer entry level, but I’m not quite ready for management either.
I’m married with three children. My biggest hobby is writing (can’t you tell 🙂 )!
I’ve never had a formal mentor before. I have had several informal relationships that I viewed as a mentor/mentee relationship. Since those were not formal arrangements there was no schedule nor goals –just advice here and there.
So my goal with this six month mentoring experience is to:
- Determine my next step career wise
- Establish a long term career path and associated goals
- Boost my self-confidence
- Project a more professional, positive image
- Improve my weak EQ areas of self-regulation and emotionalism
- Find a good balance between work and family
Think I can accomplish all that in six months?