This post is about fulfilling a promise to someone with promise.
LG joined our internal communications team six weeks ago as an intern. I’ve been line managing and mentoring him.
He has a communications degree, some outstanding short-term print and broadcast work experience, and a go get ’em attititude. But he is also hungry – impatient to be straight in to a full-on, unleaded, creative, decision-making job, and longing to be doing something fulfilling.
Even more than that, he wants a job that is fun.
And this might be why he still hasn’t found the first full-time comms role for him.
Part of me wants to nurture and encourage that desire. (Yes, hold out for the job that is fun, and you’ll never work a day in your life.) The rest of me wants to show him how many of us started our careers by cutting, sticking and photocopying press cuttings *every* morning.
I still remember resenting my mum’s well-meant words: nobody ever loves their work; you just need to find something you can put up with.
We are half-way through.
In the meantime we are working on building up his strengths (story-spotting, creativity, writing, digital media) and finding opportunities for him to develop in other areas (stakeholder management, planning, time management).
And, as a team, we are learning from him – we are remembering how to be more impulsive, how to ask ‘so what’, how to bring in the social angle into the mix, how to be more real-time, how to use different media.
And I am remembering that it’s OK to expect fulfillment, and that maybe its as much about your approach as it is about your role.
As I encourage LG to showcase his writing and his podcasting through his blog, I am fulfilling my side of our contract by dusting off mine.