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Exciting and scary

Edit: If you want to see the end of the story, here’s the conclusion.

I haven’t written a work post for a very long time. I’ve just been bumbling along for quite a while with no major events beyond the usual daily or weekly frustrations of my team.

Anyway, a thing happened today.

First, let’s back up for some history. I happened to edit a particular “career path” form at the end of last year, during a period where anyone who made edits was automatically entered into a competition to be mentored by someone on the executive team for the geo.

Well, someone from HR had hinted that I was on the short list a few weeks ago.

Today, instead of going to the monthly (boring, snore-fest) work community update (which I usually avoid anyway) I had a chat with the boys while himself made their lunch and then got on with some work. When the meeting finished a lovely colleague in support messaged me congratulations.

I was surprised.

Apparently, I got past the shortlist and I’m one of 15 people selected to spend 9 months being mentored by someone from the executive team.

I have no idea what to expect, no idea what I’m doing! I’m going to go into the process with an open mind and no expectations. I have been quite annoyed with things lately and I’d like to make a change in what I do, I even have an idea of a specific role I’d like to perform (that doesn’t even exist). So maybe its perfect timing! On the other hand, my imposter syndrome is running riot too.

That’s it, that’s the whole newsy post.

Wish me luck!

If you have any advice about how to approach being a mentee and what to expect, please share with me. I’m excited and a bit scared too.

Love from Smell xx

48 thoughts on “Exciting and scary”

  1. Oh my! Congratulations. What a lovely opportunity. I am just thrilled for you and can’t wait to hear more about it. Best of luck. You got this!

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  2. Sounds like an amazing opportunity smell. Not been in a mentee situation so can’t offer any advice but this seems like a great opportunity for your career. Good luck

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  3. What great news … and during a time when work and work roles have been changing so dramatically, it comes at a great time. If you go in hungry for knowledge, guidance, and advice, and aren’t afraid to ask questions — even the ones you think might be stupid (they aren’t) — you can’t go wrong. Hooray!

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  4. Make sure you have objectives/intentions about what you want out of the relationship and time together. And 2 to 3 questions that you have for your mentor on the first meeting. This will help keep you focused and let your mentor know what you need from them. Congratulations!

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  5. First of all Congratulations 🎉 Try to Focus on the fact that you were chosen to do this and that you are going to learn a great deal from your new mentor. You are doing well and your company has decided to help you further your development! That’s fantastic!

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  6. Congtats and god luck to you! It’s great to have someone guide and teach you. As you said, go in with an open mind and ready to absorb everything.

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  7. Congratulations!! I always found being a mentee much easier than being a mentor. At least, there’s less pressure. Just gotta keep an open mind and learn as much as possible from them.

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  8. What a great opportunity. So interested to learn what you make of your experience – the fact that your co. has an in-house mentorship program is pretty sweet… oh, the possibilities! Cheers to the new mentee! 🥂

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