Having a mentor got me laser-focused

Me at the bottom center with my mentor Jia above me for the SG TUG event

The first session

Mentors are usually busy, and they are taking valuable time to invest in your growth. Ultimately, we all own our career and development, and we are the ones who have to make the final decision. This starts with taking ownership of the goal setting for the year before the first meeting.

  1. Securing an Internship
  2. Skillset Mastery (Business Analyst skillsets)
  3. Portfolio Development

Regular Check-Ups

We agreed to have 30-minute sessions (might extend into an hour) every Friday to catch up with one another. Preparations are key to having productive one-on-one’s. I will usually have a list of both non-technical and technical questions before our meet-ups: Solution Architecture, Dashboard design best practices, Scenarios, etc. I will organize these thoughts and have a mental rehearsal on how I will approach the questions.

Notes from the first two meetings

Setting SMART goals

We will always set weekly goals/actions to be completed before the next session from our discussions. This ensures accountability and progress, and it gives us both something to look forward to.

Roadblocks

Perfectionist Mindset

Networking Opportunities

In the process of obtaining my Internship, Jia was proactive in getting me connected. I was meeting actual product consultants from various companies and people in the industry via user groups. I even got a chance to be one of the speakers for the Singapore Tableau User group, which I am always grateful for.

Presenting live on SG TUG!

Decision Making

It was always my goal to Intern at Tableau, but conditions were different then. The product consultant Internship was a 6 months period, which means that I have to delay my graduation for a virtual internship. I always fear that I will not get the full experience even though it is always what I’ve wanted.

Mentor turned Gaming / Food Hunt Buddy.

I am glad that we had similar interests, and we are gaming/food hunt buddies now. We usually go on food hunts and board game sessions with our better halves.

White Pepper Crab @ JB Ah Meng
Prata @ Springleaf Prata
Slaying in dota as well

Last thoughts

A successful relationship/bond takes a ton of upfront work to define your goals and a pinch of bravery & humility to seek help. It is not easy and might take time to cultivate.

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Yong Long Foo

Yong Long Foo

A passion for teaching, consulting and analytics. Tableau Product Consultant. Please reach out to me on Linkedin. https://www.linkedin.com/in/yonglong95/