Notebook Mentor is your professional development career journal, guide & workbook. It’s the perfect tool for self-discovery and personal growth.
Read thought-provoking, expert content on topics of interest
Write using the space provided about your situation and professional development
Reflect on what’s going on for you, keeping things private or sharing with others
Process thoughts, feelings, and emotions
Act on your learning (if that’s right for you), using our bitesize development exercises
In a nutshell
‘The 1st 90 days in my new job’ focuses on helping you get off to a flying start in a new job. Form a plan, and manage all the practical stuff like understanding your role and objectives. Learn how to listen and ask probing questions of your colleagues. Build strong relationships, especially with your line manager, understanding what you need to do in the context of team and organisation.
This is a great professional development journal for re-setting yourself from what’s gone before, assessing your impact and contribution early on in a new role, and exploring your ongoing professional development.
What to expect
All our journals start with an introductory chapter to set the scene. This chapter answers some basic questions about what mentoring is and talks you through how Notebook Mentor is different to more formal face-to-face mentoring.
We give you the opportunity to reflect on any prior experiences you might have had with coaching and mentoring. It’s the time to consider any personal experiences that might help or hinder getting into professional development journaling, allowing you to at least acknowledge and perhaps park any negative feelings you have, and start afresh with a new approach.
It’s time for some warmup exercises to help you tune into who you are. Here you can try answering questions about yourself and reflect on significant moments in your life that may have a bearing on your professional development, work, and career. Once you have completed this chapter, you should feel somewhat eased into the process of self-reflection and reflective writing.
Get stuck in with the main content of your journal, working in real-time across a 90-day window. Complete useful research about your new role. Learn to manage your time effectively, building a plan of what is both urgent and important. Explore and manage relationships with key stakeholders, bringing the best version of you to the workplace.
The final chapter of every notebook focuses on the desire (or not) to act based on your thoughts, feelings, reflections, and ideas. Consider any goals that might support your professional development on this topic and more generally. This chapter also encourages you to create a personal development plan (download your free personal development plan) and introduces how to use Mind Maps.
Don’t forget the 40 blank pages at the back of your Notebook Mentor. Take notes, make plans, dream or just doodle. Making time to be kind to yourself is one of the best development goals you can set!
How long should completing this Notebook Mentor take me?
As the title suggests ‘The 1st 90 days in my new job’ can be completed in this timeframe. You may wish to read the content of your notebook before you start, and of course, it would be sensible to revisit information, long after your three-month introductory period has passed. Follow the suggested time frame, but don’t be frightened to stick with something for longer or revisit your reflections.
How should I manage my time when using this Notebook Mentor?
We suggest tackling each section in the order presented. Go deep with it and do as much research as you need to, to answer the questions fully. Keep other important documents (about the company and your job) to hand such that you can refer to them when writing your answers.
What should I do if I’m finding a section difficult?
It’s okay to find certain sections challenging. If something feels like a struggle or is frustrating you, consider sharing your thoughts and feelings with your line manager, a family member or close work colleague. If that doesn’t help, look for role models you admire – what have they done when tackling similar things in their life. Alternatively, stop trying to get to the answer – distract yourself and unplug. The answer will surface when it’s ready to!
Are there any other resources I can utilise to help me when journaling?
To learn everything there is to know on the topic, read our blog, career FAQ and resources pages. You’ll find plenty of information there. You could also try listening to a relevant podcast or Ted Talk.
For more information on Notebook Mentor visit our website at www.notebookmentor.com