I’m still working full time but it’s been a real struggle recently for a variety of reasons. However, last week I was training 3 new staff and they helped me remember why I love working. They’re all young, full of enthusiasm, questions and wanting to learn. They’re all at the start at their working lives so have not been influenced by any negative happenings yet. There’s no greater joy than passing on knowledge to hungry young minds.
Admittedly, it was a very different experience for me this time but I knew it would be and planned the training with that in mind. I was shadowed by Michele – guru in waiting – and it turned out that I needed her there more than I expected.
She was so valuable to have in the room, to speak when I couldn’t remember the words, to demonstrate when my brain was giving up but most of all, to support me whilst in turn, learning from me.
I may leave the team soon, but no one is indispensable, There’ll be all the ‘old’ faces with all my knowledge and more in their heads and lots of young faces to bring a fresh perspective.