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‘What comes after theory’

It’s fairly easy to decide on your dream job when you are a child. Boys want to become astronauts, firefighters or soccer players, while girls would prefer something more artistic like being a ballet dancer, a singer or an actress. Unfortunately, that is not the case when we hit puberty…

by Georgia Pappa, one of the Digital Thinkers

As we grow up, we realize that the job world is much bigger than we thought. There are areas of employment that cover the most peculiar of interests. The range of professions that seem attractive, increases and suddenly we are really confused about the career that we are supposed to follow (fact is, that very few become astronauts and actors).  We learn more and more things at school and receive stimuli from extra-curricular activities, people we meet and our own household. And then, we go to college, graduate and even then, we don’t know what we want to do with our lives. It seems that the more we learn, the more confused we get.

This is roughly what happens to most people. Myself, after acquiring my Master’s degree, I had no idea what follows.

ThinkDigital is an organization that gave me the opportunity to work, to actually do something with the knowledge I have gained through years of studying. Moreover, I am given the chance to be active in the field of Advertising and gain invaluable experience that cannot be taught in any university.

But there is one certain thing that I want to point out. Something (or someone I should say) that made a huge impression on me; my mentor.

Once you start as a “Digital Thinker” at ThinkDigital and ForestView, a person is there to help you get through the early challenges that you face when working for a demanding organization. But there is so much more to that…

A mentor can provide a welcome point of stability during a time of change. He helps you recognize your abilities and limitations. He can give you a new direction or perspective when you are stuck. With his knowledge of the company and the field, he can help you focus on things that are hot right now or pass by things that are considered out of date. Being a mentee can develop your communication skills and helps you get experience by talking to an older colleague. You can refer to him for major life decisions too. He is the person who can provide the objective view you need.

To sum up, I feel really lucky that, while working for a serious organization, I have a senior colleague showing me the ropes. I strongly believe that this is the best way for any company to get the most out of new employees.

So have you seen this somewhere else? Dedicated mentors that guide you through your working experience?

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  • Tasos Pagakis

    Georgia, the mentorship is one of the most critical managers’ task, in any ‘serious’ (so-to-speak) company, to develop and grow talent and succession planning based on constant and yearly individual performance management. It is on-going practice to all good companies that I know. It is very nice that you acknowledge and pay respect to this practice of the company you work for, unfortunately such practices are not taught (at all) in campuses, nor respected from local companies historically. Good day, thanks 4 sharing your inspiration