A mentor is valuable to your growth and development

Will Lukang, PMP, CSM, CLDC

In this competitive marketplace, every opportunity is contested by numerous people.  Sometimes it feels like American Idol, because you’ll be going through numerous job interviews before you’ll receive an offer and are later hired.   The current market setting is a buyer’s market—the buyers are the employers.  They can be selective because they know that there are many candidates.    Aside from being selective, they often look for an exact match or a very close match.

Once you’ve made it through and received an offer and accepted the job, the fun begins.   You’ll be put to task to demonstrate that you can learn and adapt quickly.   Learning the business will be key to your success.

Here are a few ways of accomplishing the aspect of learning.

  • Learn as you go, but that will take a long time.
  • Read materials or published articles related to the industry to help get you up to speed.   This is valuable and can help you stay current.
  • Join a forum or user group to exchange knowledge and experiences
  • Attend conferences – this is another way of keeping abreast and networking with others in the field.
  • Work on attaining your certification where applicable.   This will be a great way of enhancing your value.
  • Lastly, find a mentor—this means finding someone whom you respect who is knowledgeable in the area in which you’re interested.

There are no rules as to how many mentors you can have.  You need to make sure you can honor the commitment and are not just wasting people’s time.    It is important that you come up with a reason why you’ll benefit from having that person mentor you and what you expect to get out of the relationship.

Finally, you can seek mentors for multiple aspects of things you’re working on.  It is important to take things in perspective and make sure you can spend the time to continue the relationship.    As you gain more experience working with a mentor, do the same and mentor other people.  Please pay it forward.

M”O”nday has an “O” for Opportunity

Will Lukang, PMP, CSM, CLDC

Why do people dread Mondays? What’s with Mondays that make us anxious about it? Why do we dislike Mondays?  Is it because it’s a start of a new week and people dread going to work? Or children do not look forward to going to school?   In my opinion Monday is treated like the foster child of the days of the week.   It feels neglected and unwanted to say the least.

From my perspective, Monday is great day because it is the start of the week.   In golf terms, it is teeing the week off.     It opens the door of the week that can lead to endless possibilities.     Akin to a door that opens and lets us in, Monday is the beginning.

What is the best way to usher in Monday?

  • The “O” in Monday represents the opportunity.    We need to make the most of every opportunity presented to us.     Sometimes opportunity only knocks once; if we miss it we’ll never know when it will present itself again.
  • Try to be positive – by being positive, we can see things differently that can help us get through the day.
  • Be in the moment – by stressing or worrying too much, you’ll fail to enjoy the day.
  • It is like a fork in a road – Monday is like the fork in the road that reminds us that we have a choice to be happy and make the most of the day.    Always remember that you have the choice.
  • Monday like any other day is consists of 24 hours.    With all being equal, it could be treated as any day.  The biggest difference is you had the weekend to get you ready for it, therefore you‘re well rested.  Embrace the day and start the week right.  You never know what to expect.

 

Truth be told, Monday is just another day.   We are the ones who interpret things and come up with assumptions for each day.   I would suggest to just go with the flow.   Learn to smell the roses and enjoy the gift of a brand new day.    I guarantee you that you’ll get the most out of it.