Date: 29th April 2018
Significant Experience: The 11th Meeting of the #Fellowship5
What Happened?: The 11th meet- up on the #fellowship5 group, although this was more about a quick 1-1 with Yvette – my mentor – prior, and then wider discussion with the group afterwards
So What?: This was important as it was the first time someone – specifically my mentor – had voiced the same concerns around my journey that I had been having (though it was the first time I had shared some work and only came about after getting ambushed in #fellowship5 10 – so my own fault!) and this was focused on Fellowship Criteria 2: “Examined the organisational context of their work and evidenced substantial achievement in professional practice”
I had often had concerns about my ability to display my impact on my organisations, given my non-traditional role, but compounded by that after being side-lined with banality in my previous role I am still relatively new in a very large organisation and highlighting *my* impact at this stage is challenging. Having Yvette verbalise this came as a relief as it was confirmation over an issue I suspected, but was not quite ready to accept – and was able to discuss it with the wider group later in the session now that ‘truth’ had become solidified.
Now What?: I am taking time to answer 2 questions:
- Do I want to carry on with Fellowship?
- If Yes, do I:
- Keep with what I have and hand in/hope for the best
- Keep developing my portfolio and set a new date when I have better quality evidence
If I do want to carry on, I am going to re-examine my relationship with my mentor, as whilst the Action Learning approach has been very useful in terms my growth and development as a professional, it has allowed me the opportunity to slip Fellowship down the priorities. Given how Fellowship is 100% of ‘me’ thing I perhaps need a more structured/traditional mentor-mentee relationship at least in the first instance.
When & Where?: Manchester, 28th March 2018