Fancy rapid career progression? Who would have thought that within three weeks of attending two #WomenEd events, I would be securing my first AHT position?
Since starting my leadership journey last year, I realised that I have always been rather fearful and self-doubting, not the strong person I believed I was. Life has been hard, encountering numerous locked doors.
Many barriers have been put up deliberately, accidentally or by mother nature's twist of fate. Seeing positives through difficulties, not losing sight of reality and taking action is the only way forward. Early on in life, I realised that life was full of negativity and that I had a choice. I had the choice to ignore negativity; focus only on positives. That is my mantra for life.
Being positive, I attended my first #womened conference, I was able to talk about leading with my core values and morals during my AHT interview. Here is a recap at staffrm.io/@ano/YgXoCQuWnF
Heading to Coventry for Saturday 11th March was another positive leap into the unknown, accidentally booking a lead meet and ticking all the boxes to do a volunteer speech! Little did I realise making this mistake, would lead to becoming an AHT.
Just Dance is a recap of the day:
Within one week of attending two WomenEd events, I had become 10% braver and decided to apply for AHT positions.
I was invited to a school for a chat, immediately fell in love and was invited for an interview. The rest as they say is history...
The gruelling interview process, has become a bit of a blur. However, I remember some responses regarding #WomenEd. I explained that I was proactive; I had delivered a speech about what self- belief was and how to develop it in others. The blog that prompted the speech:
Due to Strength Based Leadership session, in Coventry, I was able to articulate my strengths and needs clearly.
1.JoinTwitter- seek your tribe
2.Choose yourself- share your dreams
3. Be proactive about own PD- attend conferences, learn and reflect
5. Fill in application forms- the more practise you get at tailoring each one to the specific job the better you'll become at it
6. Always ask for feedback- from application form to interview process
7. Learn and reflect from feedback
8. Be brave, ask for help for interviews (Twitter is brilliant!)
9. If at first you don't succeed, continue trying
10. Remember what you are seeking is seeking you
11. Open a door on purpose or accidentally
I am extremely grateful to all the wonderful people I have met through Twitter. Looking forward to meeting the many more. Thank you to #womened, @misswilsey and to those who have offered words of kindness, support and encouragement. I have been lucky to find my tribe and grow my network. Here's to finding yours. Good luck!