The past few weeks have been crazy!! I haven't had any time to reflect or write. I have however, through out this whole process of organising documents for my visa interview, meeting with my supervisor, dealing with other day to day chores etc., had time to appreciate the practical skills learnt during the WOW training programme.
Blog posts from WOW 2007 team members who have started internships in the past few weeks, have reflected on the internship/mentorship process. For me the process began with that first session on ''What to look for in an intern'' with Gordon Freer (Insight Strategies). I felt under such pressure during that one month, but I realise that every single session added more knowledge, provided more options and gave practical solutions on how to approach the job market.
What the programme did for me was to give me better focus, taught me to prioritise effectively and also to manage my time better. It provided guidance on how to present myself to prospective employers and to network more effectively. These are things I thought I knew about, but it made a great difference to be taught these skills by professionals who have the expertise and knowledge.
Many things have been said about the mentor/mentee/intern relationship. My thoughts on this is that the mentee/intern has to set the pace, you have to decide what kind of relationship you want to build with your mentor and work towards it. You need to show your mentor those qualities that will make he/she be interested in giving you the professional guidance you need. How does your mentor recognise the potential you have and the skills you bring to the table if you don't make he/she aware of them?