Reflecting on the last two years
14 Aug 2017
So, the time is here and my Grad Scheme journey is drawing to a close. It’s been a blast – probably an understatement! My group kept our last ALS set until the end of July and used it as a chance, amongst other things, to discuss the biggest challenges and biggest successes from our Grad Scheme journeys. What’s said in ALS stays in ALS (!) so I can’t share these journeys with you but there was a nice mix of familiar stories, reflecting back on things from ‘the early days’ and more recent experiences. I often think a little outside the box and having been asked to prepare these two thoughts…did something completely different.
For my reflection, I took a bag of Duplo© with me and had prepared the story of my time on the scheme, starting at day one and looking right into the future. The story I told was ‘full’ of all the hiccups and stumbling blocks I had come across on the way, each one earning my little Duplo© wall a new brick, demonstrating the things that had built a metaphorical brick wall in front of me. Of course, being me, I wasn’t done with one story, I had a second one up my sleeve, again, starting with day one and mentioning a variety of my highlight moments or positive thoughts, each one removing a brick from the wall.
I guess there was a moral to the two stories, having told the same story from two perspectives is that things can be viewed very differently from a different perspective and you are likely to have two (or more) of your own journey. By choosing to focus on the first journey, I would have been choosing to see the barriers and problems in the way of my development and my progress however, by choosing to focus on the positive elements to my story; the wall was broken down and taken away. It isn’t always possible to see things in a positive light but it is important to take a balanced view of situations.
I can’t begin to tell you the number of bricks I could have removed from that wall, unfortunately, I was limited by the amount of Duplo© in our house and the size of my handbag! I can also say, I would have undoubtedly been able to remove more bricks from the wall than the number I could have added.
I don’t think it’s ever possible to be certain what the future holds. I know what the next step in my story is but who knows what the future holds? Despite the uncertainty, I know that the Grad Scheme has given me the boost – the push, confidence, skills and abilities to move to my next role(s) with a desire to facilitate change, a drive to do different and a hunger to keep on learning. I joined the scheme because I knew there wasn’t much opportunity for career progression in my previous role, I loved it but it was just ‘too comfortable’ and whilst I can’t imagine myself moving role quite as frequently as I have over the last couple of years again, I don’t imagine I’d be happy to sit in the same role without new and interesting challenges in the future.