Congratulations! You are now ready for the world of work. You have landed your first real job and we are super excited for you. We are confident that you’ve got what it takes to succeed. We however believe that change is the only constant thing in life and that to be successful, you’ve got to be change-ready by ensuring you are constantly adding value to yourself and growing. The mentorship tasks below are to guide you towards a successful end. So, be sure to follow through with every single task and to always connect with your mentor.

 
 

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 (If you have been working for a year already) to plan for growth in your career. And if you are just starting on a new job or in a new role, it is time to plan for success. Remember, growth is essential. It does not happen by chance. You must plan to grow. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Read about 30 things you need to do for your career before you turn 30. Click here.

  2. Read about how to draft a great career plan. Click here.

  3. Based on the lessons you gained from the article above and your own aspirations for the future, decide on a big audacious career goal for the year.

  4. What strengths do you currently possess? Make a list of these strengths and how you intend to improve them.

  5. What weaknesses do you currently have? Make a list of these weaknesses and explain how you hope to convert them into strengths.

  6. Outline your action plans on how you intend  to achieve your overall career goal for the year.

Student Deliverable:

  • Annual Career Development Plan containing your overall vision, areas of improvement and strategies for growth.

  • 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. Remember, there are no hard rules as to how large or small your network should be. However, the larger your network of strategic relationships, the better. Thus, this month, you’d be focusing on growing your network both within and without the organization. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Learn all the tips you need to overcome your networking fears and network like a pro. Click here.

  2. What are your networking goals? List them.

  3. What interesting people have you recently met or do you hope to meet in the future? List them.

  4. What are the relevant events, conferences and meetups in your industry? List them.

  5. How do you hope to leverage the people and events listed to achieve your networking goals? Make a networking plan.

  6. Conduct informational interviews with at least two of the individuals on your list.

Student Deliverable:

  • Networking Plan.

  • Report on Informational Interviews.

  • 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. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Learn what to do with your money in your 20s to be rich in your 40s. Click here.

  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 of how you hope to overcome negative money habits and imbibe positive money habits would be best).

Student Deliverable:

  • A Personal financial plan (Please include a dummy monthly budget).

  • 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. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Learn about five soft skills you will need to get ahead in your career no matter the industry you work in. Click here.

  2. Get the general drift about what soft skills are. Click here.

  3. Based on the article above and other information you have, make a list of the soft skills that are essential for success in your industry.

  4. Select one of the soft skills you listed.

  5. Read about the selected soft skill and how you can make it a part of your life.

  6. Make a plan of how you would consciously develop the selected soft skill.

  7. Start developing the selected soft 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 that could make you stand out. This month, you’d be focusing on developing a technical skill that is most relevant to the work you do. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Read up on how to future-proof your career in an ever changing world. Click here.

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

  3. Select a hard skill, read up all you can get about that hard skill and how you can develop it.

  4. Make a plan of how you would consciously develop the 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 goals 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. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Read about how to make yourself better at anything. Click here.

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

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

  4. For every goal for which you have less than a score of ten, state the reason for under performance as well as what you think you should have done to get a better score.

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

Student Deliverable:

  • 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 improve on your performance. So this month, you’d be focusing on identifying the areas in your career that you must improve on in order to achieve your set goals and targets for the year. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Read about how three executives climbed to the top of their careers. Click here.

  2. Have a 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.

  3. 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:

  • A 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. This month, you’d be focusing on how to handle stress and live a balanced and healthy life. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Learn about stress and how to handle it. Click here.

  2. Learn about twelve realistic ways you can stay healthy at work. Click here.

  3. Make a list of all the habits you have that are not beneficial to your health.

  4. Make a list of action plans for overall health improvement.

  5. Implement strategy for health improvement.

Student Deliverable:

  • Health Improvement Plan.

  • Feedback form


Month Nine





Month Ten

Improving Work Skills (Communication): The business-place is fast evolving and very dynamic. What this means is that the work skills that were most relevant a year or a few months ago may not be so relevant now. Effective communication is a work skill that is demand in virtually every industry. Thus, you would focus on improving your communication skills this month. You’d therefore be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks listed below.

Tasks:

  1. Learn to become an excellent communicator. Click here.

  2. Make a list of communication tips you hope to use.

  3. Make a plan of how you would consciously work these tips into you every day communication gigs.

  4. Start implementing these changes gradually.


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 and write out your observations on your performance vis-a-vis your plan. Note that while you are required to begin your annual appraisal this month, you’d be required to send in your report by the end of next month to avail you ample time to speak with as many people as you need to and critically evaluate your performance. Be sure to do this with the support of your mentor.

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 plan on how to improve written and verbal communication in the workplace.

  • Feedback Form.





Student Deliverable:

  • Report on Personal Annual Appraisal

  • Feedback form