I started Schibsted’s mentorship program with the hopes that I would start building my own network of contacts and prepare myself for my future professional career. However, I was not prepared for the exciting journey I was about to embark on that included so much more than that.
The topics that my mentor and I discussed go beyond the professional field. We go beyond just a few tips on how to apply for a job and how to find the right role. We also discussed how you know what you want to do in life and what has made you the person you are today. Stuff that you don’t really discuss with your friends on a daily basis, but something I found it important to reflect upon.
To have a vision
Early on my buddy explained that it’s OK not to know exactly what you want to do as your profession and that it can change as your life takes its course. On the other hand, what is important is that you know where you want to start and have a vision.
A scary topic to talk about, but indeed very important. As my buddy shared a mistake in his career, explaining how a mistake doesn’t have to define your career or you as a person made me more comfortable trusting my own path. A mistake can be something that throws you in a new direction and gives you new, important insights. This is something that can be applied to life in general.
Preconceptions about the working life
Something that has been in the back of my head is the preconception that when you start working or begin your “adult life,” your free time disappears. It was a relief to hear that this is far from the truth, it could really be the other way around, and that it is an exciting time in life.Apparently, having kids is the real culprit. Jokes aside 🙂
Dare to ask!
Do you have questions you want answers to but don’t have the courage to ask anyone – apply for Schibsted Connect. It could be the start of an interesting, giving relationship, which I am really glad I got to be a part of. I am convinced you would feel the same if you take the plunge and apply!
Text was written by Jasmine Almer
Schibsted Connect, student buddy, 2021
Uppsala University, Master in Information Systems
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