Hello from the Newbie

2017-11-15 08:45:47 | Uncategorized

On the 1st November 2017, I started my new role as an Employment Job Coach at MINT. I’m the newbie. In case you’re not aware of the term, a ‘newbie’ is an inexperienced newcomer, some one new to a job or an activity. I’ve been thinking about this ‘newbie’ situation on my walks home and realised that it doesn’t matter how many jobs you have had or how many new activities you have tried in your life, change is challenging.

Change is always challenging. I’ve recently changed from being in a job that I knew very well. I knew the people I worked with, I was used to the paperwork and computer systems. I could wake up on a Monday morning and not worry about the week ahead because I knew what I was doing. Now I’m in a new job with new people, new paperwork, new systems and ways of working. I wake up in the morning and the first thing I think about is what I need to remember to do today at work. Of course, I won’t always feel like that because change always takes time.

Change can be uncomfortable and it can be scary but change is also necessary. Without change we don’t move forward and discover new and exciting opportunities. So, change is challenging but it’s also a part of life. I’ve been inspired to face my change challenges by meeting the young people at MINT who are facing new challenges every week including work experience, workshops, travelling to new places and meeting new people. Just the other day I watched two young people at MINT stand up in front of a group and deliver a presentation. It was the first time they had ever done anything like this and they were understandably nervous. Their presentations were excellent and I could see the relief and delight on their faces once they had finished. Change is challenging but it can also be exciting.  

By seeing the courage and determination of the Young People at MINT I’m inspired to take on whatever challenges come my way in my new job. I’m looking forward to supporting the young people at MINT to face the challenges ahead and I’m sure I’ll continue to be inspired.

Mark Ash – Employment Job Coach


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