Congratulations! You are now ready for the world of work. The years spent at the University we trust were exciting and demanding at the same time for you. We’d like to believe that the mandatory National Service Program that you just completed was same. Now it’s time for a real job-either at a new company or in the company you served with. If after your service you still are without a job, the mentorship tasks outlined here are for you! You’d be required to undertake the tasks contained in the document and send in a progress report at the end of every month that you are without a job. Hopefully, in no time, you should land the job of your dreams. As soon as you land a job you’d be required to follow the mentorship tasks outlined below and do it year in, year out.

 
 

Month One

Planning for Career Growth and Development - It is the start of the year and the time to use the feedback gotten from the analysis done on the previous year to plan for growth in your career. And if you are just starting on a new job, it is time to plan for success in your new role. Remember, growth is essential but it does not just happen. You must plan to grow.

Tasks:

  1. Decide what the theme of the year would be in terms of your career (Vision)

  2. Make a list of how you intend to improve on your strengths (Strategies for Sustained Growth)

  3. Make a list of how you hope to convert your weaknesses (Areas of Improvement)

  4. Outline your action plans per month on how you intend  to achieve your overall goal or Vision (Action Plans/ Tactics)

Student deliverable:

Annual Career Development Plan

Feedback form


Month Two

Growing Your Network Within and Without the Organization- Your network really is your net worth and you need to keep growing it for there are no straight rules as to how large or small your networks should be. However, the larger your network of strategic relationships, the better. Thus, this month, you’d be focus on growing your network both within and without the organization.

Tasks:

  1. Make a list of the current relationships you’d need to revive.

  2. Make a list of interesting persons you’d like to build a relationship with.

  3. Make a list of events, conferences and forums you’d be attending that would help you expand your network.

  4. Conduct informational interviews with existing and potential networks.

Student deliverable:

Networking Plan

Report on Networking

Feedback form


Month Three

Thinking and Growing Rich (Managing your finances) - It often said that it is not how much you earn that makes you rich but what you do with what you earn. But it’s definitely great to always seek for ways to earn more. This month however, the focus would be on using what you have to get what you want. You’d be working on the effective management of your monthly earnings so all your needs are met sufficiently and without stress.

Tasks:

  1. Read a book on finance (Smart Money Woman, Think and Grow Rich, etc.)

  2. Make a list of negative money habits you currently indulge in.

  3. Make a list of positive money habits you need to indulge in to stay in control of your finances.

  4. Make a plan for the effective management of your finances. (An annual plan broken into  different months would be best).

Student deliverable:

A dummy personal financial plan (Sample budget inclusive)

Feedback form


Month Four

Developing a Soft Skill - Soft skills are an essential part of any successful career and a skill set you must consciously develop if you are looking to see accelerated growth in your career this year. This month, you’d be deciding on a soft skill that is most relevant to the industry and/ or organization you work in and making a plan on how you are going to go about developing that skill.

Tasks:

  1. Make a list of the soft skills that are essential for success in your industry.

  2. Select a soft skill and read about your selected soft skill and how to develop it.

  3. Make a plan of how you would consciously develop your selected soft skill.

  4. Start developing your selected skill.

Student deliverable:

A soft skill development plan.

Feedback form


Month Five

Developing a Hard Skill - To grow in your career, you’d need to be competent. It is important that you are able to do what is expected of you and even exceed expectations. However, this is sometimes not always possible as you may be lacking one or two technical skills needed to make you stand out in your industry and/ or organization. This month, you’d be focusing on developing a technical skill that is most relevant to the work you do.

Tasks:

  1. Make a list of the hard skills that are essential for success in your industry.

  2. Select a hard skill and read about your selected hard skill and how to develop it.

  3. Make a plan of how you would consciously develop your selected hard skill.

Student deliverable:

A hard skill development plan.

Feedback form


Month Six

Evaluating the First Half of the Year: It’s the end of the first half of the year and by now, you should see yourself hitting some of your career targets by now. This month, you’d be evaluating your performance for the last five months and writing out your observations on your performance vis-a-vis your plan.

Tasks:

  1. Take a look at the plan you made for the year

  2. Rate yourself on the achievement/ performance of each goal, objective or task on a scale of one to ten.

  3. For every goal for which you have less than ten, state the reason for under performance as well as what you think you should have done.

  4. Put your feedback together and present in a concise and presentable manner.

Student deliverables:

Report on mid-year evaluation.

Feedback form


Month Seven

Determining Areas of Improvement: It’s the start of the second half of the year and the time to start improving on identified areas to enable you to better achieve your objectives for the year. So this month, you’d be focusing on identifying the areas of the different aspects of your career that you must improve on in order to achieve your set goals and targets.

Tasks:

  1. Real talk with your immediate supervisor at the office, colleagues, customers, outsiders, friends, etc to know what skills are in demand that you need to develop and what skills you currently have that you need to improve on.

  2. Research and sniff for information about what skills you should be improving and what skills you should be building.  (Conferences, events, the internet, periodicals, etc. would be valuable resources)

Student deliverable:

Report on identified areas of improvement.

Feedback form


Month Eight

Managing Stress and Your Overall Health : It is great that you have landed a job. However, being overly stressed and having an unhealthy body would take its toll on your job as you would not be as productive as you ought to be and this could lead to missed opportunities and being passed over for promotions and other career improvement opportunities.

Tasks:

  1. Read up and ask questions to get insights on how to effectively manage stress and live a healthy lifestyle.

  2. Put down identified strategies and action plans for overall health improvement.

  3. Implement

Student deliverable:

Overall Health Improvement Plan.

Feedback form


Month Nine





Month Ten & Eleven

Improving Work Skills (soft and/or hard): The business-place is fast evolving and very dynamic. What this means is that the technical skills that were most relevant a year or a few months ago may not be so relevant now or may have become more complex. The goal this month is to identify that work skill, be it hard or soft that you must improve on to remain relevant and in demand within your industry and make a plan to improve on it.

Tasks:

  1. Make a list of the skills that are essential for success in your industry.

  2. Select a work skill (hard/soft) and read about your selected skill and how to develop it.

  3. Make a plan of how you would consciously develop your selected work skill.

  4. Start developing your selected skill.


Annual Appraisal: It’s almost the end of the year and by now, you should see yourself hitting all your career targets or most of your career targets. There definitely would be certain targets you couldn’t hit or hit as perfectly as you’d have loved to. Now is the time to reflect on the last eleven months and write out your observations on your performance vis-a-vis your plan.

Tasks:

  1. Take a look at the plan you made for the year.

  2. Rate yourself on the achievement/ performance of each goal, objective or task on a scale of one to ten.

  3. For every goal for which you have less than ten, state the reason for under performance as well as what you think you should have done.

  4. Put your feedback together and present in a concise and presentable manner.




Student Deliverable:

A work skill improvement plan.





Student Deliverable:

Report on Appraisal

Feedback form