After the first edition of Junior PM Challenge at Objectivity, I have the pleasure to be a mentor for one of the participants, who has been hired as a Junior Project Coordinator. I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with others, so I approached the mentoring with a huge dose of optimism and involvement.
One of the things I noticed during the first mentoring meeting was eagerness to work, positive attitude, involvement and apt questions. After the next meetings, I could observe that the lack of experience in managing projects is recompensated by fast learning, willingness to gain knowledge and high level of proactivity.
Of course, I'm talking about Marysia who joined Objectivity in mid-April and since that time she has been gaining valuable knowledge in the area of project management. Moreover, she manages the projects in the company by herself.
What is the value of mentoring?
The biggest value of mentoring sessions is when a mentoree is given a project to manage. However, my cooperation with Marysia started a bit differently.
At the beginning, Marysia had lots of trainings, which were supposed to familiarise her with the theory related to project management. Therefore, during our mentoring sessions we could spend more time on introducing her to the organisation, talk about the way the company’s structure affects PM’s work, and focus on project-related theory. This is the time when a new employee develops himself or herself and gets ready for managing the first project in the organisation.
Then, the real fun started – Marysia was given a project and during our mentoring sessions we started to discuss the problems that every project manager comes across at their work (if you’ve had an opportunity to manage projects, you probably know what I mean). During such meetings, I did my best to help Marysia – we discussed possible solutions to a given problem and talked about what should be done to prevent such a situation in the future.
Is it worth taking part in the Junior PM Challenge?
Definitely! The very participation in the workshops is a considerable amount of knowledge and experience shared by Objectivity employees. In addition, there is a possibility to join a group of our employees and gain valuable experience in the role of a project manager.