The real world of work can be a confusing and a scary place. Recalling the first day on my first job, in that first editorial meeting, I had absolutely no idea how to behave. It felt like everyone was waiting for me to mess up. Later,I had no one to eat lunch with, I felt confused by the strange interpersonal interactions in my new workplace.
It does not matter how prepared you think you are , the first experience will ever give you a bit of a shock. That is when one realizes the need to talk to someone who has been there before, to be assured that all was well. Personally I needed to ask someone many questions without feeling stupid, I made a decision to find a workplace mentor immediately. I approached Patricia Okoed, the former News Editor of Capital Radio, I asked her a lot of questions like, how did she do things, why would she do it like that, would she show me how to do it, and would she critique my work?,
She was not only willing to advice and provide me with opportunities for professional and personal growth but also provided me with a shoulder to lean on when things got tough in
A mentor is someone who not only has expertise but can also listen eff ectively and challenges you to bring out your best. Someone who provides you with a supportive and trusting environment to share your personal and professional challenges, someone who believes in you and provides you with an opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them.
Because these mentors have knowledge and experience. This means one has to listen to their advice, build a relationship of trust and openness with them and be open to suggestions, even criticisms if your
are to benefit from them.