I have a mentor.
I “got her” through a program called Headstart which is aimed at women at SSE, the Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institutet. A girl I know nominated me for the project, and here I am.
We’ve met around three times now, and we… talk. A lot. For a few hours, about everything and nothing, from things about her career, travels, my schoolwork, families, everything. I’m not sure if that’s exactly how a mentorship is supposed to work, but… It does.
If you think about, it’s so rare that you actually sit down and just talk with someone, without distractions, for hours on end. I love it.
And I can’t be certain, of course, but I’m pretty sure my mentor feels the same way.
As I come closer to the end of my studies and the start of my career, I have plently of opportunities to consider who I want to be.
What do I want from my future job?
Well, I can’t say that I know that right now, in fact I’m pretty sure I’d like pretty much any job, since I’m pretty flexible. But I’ve seen some things already:
It’s important to show yourself off, from your best side.
Never show any weakness.
Take every opportunity to get ahead and sell yourself.
And I’ve realized that while I want a great career, I want to be able to look back and say I’ve acted honorably all my life. That I’ve been kind. That I’ve helped people. If that means I won’t earn that extra promotion, well, I’ll just be happy with less money.
I know some people will say that you should put yourself first, because others will do the same, but alright then.
Basically, just because you’re ambitious, does that have to mean you don’t care about people?