When my boss confirmed he would be away for a week to settle business at an out station, I was gleeful inside. He’s a good boss, no doubt, but who doesn’t chunli over a workday without da boss? What’s more, a week without da boss?
The first 2 days went by rather peacefully, and I had time for strategic thinking like understanding the workings of 2 complex systems, and working on the contents of an eCourseware.
There was an urgent deadline to report to bigger boss, rush to settle work for next week, and then I had my onboarding for my new facilitation endeavour.
My first onboarding session took place on Thursday night, so I was already on the tail end of my attention span and my contact lenses were drying up; I was basically half-blind throughout the session. Luckily for me, I was just supposed to observe, so my physical incapacity was not that much of a hindrance.
My next session was on Saturday morning, which was great, if not for me misreading the timing. I was 10 minutes late for setup and was given a earful by my mentor. I felt bad, yes, but I must also say I deserved to be reprimanded for my carelessness.
I was grateful my mentor was professional and he continued to guide me and give me tips throughout the session. After the session, I also got to engage other facilitators on a less formal level, which was great, because making more friends was what I aimed for when I decided to embark on this lifelong learning journey.
My next session takes place 2 weeks later. I will be on my next stage of onboarding, so I hope I can be more prepared!