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  • Sophia P

Connecting at work

Updated: Jan 22, 2022

I realized I’ve never had a formal or even informal mentor or coach at work before my current job. I was fortunate enough to find a coach at work who was not only savvy about career development, but also took the time to get to know me, see me, and help me think through what I enjoy about the work that I do, if I’m on a fulfilling career path, or the purpose of work.

I remember some sessions where we just discussed how we were feeling in general and helped support each other emotionally, and often it felt more like therapy. Sometimes we cried together, and I appreciated that we could be so vulnerable and not worry about being “professional”.

She left the company a few months ago, and while I was sad to see her leave, I was glad that she found a place that would allow her to spend more time with her children and hopefully let her expand the kind of work experience and projects she‘s exposed to. She still sends check in messages, and hopefully we can meet outside of work too. I‘ve learned so much just from her way of being.

I hope to cultivate that kind of relationship in any workplace I‘m in going forward and wish the same for all of us who spend so many of our waking hours “at work” — if not physically at least mentally.

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