Assistant Project Support Manager
Bimpe Ajala, Assistant Project Support Manager, IT CPD
For example I was asked to step in and cover a presentation at the last minute for a Head of Section. This was a great opportunity for me however, this made some of the senior managers nervous as I was an officer at the time. To ensure this opportunity was not lost, I met with the Head of Section to understand their slides. During the session, I was due to present after the Director so I took notes on their vision, identified areas were my presentation was in alignment and drew the attention of the audience to it. Taking time to view situations from different angles has helped me spot and take advantage of opportunities I would have missed.
The advice I would give to others in my area, which I think can be transferred to any discipline are to understand the views and visions of your department and question whether they are in line with where you want to go. Be willing to adapt and pivot to maintain control of changes in situations and circumstances. Lastly, develop the skill of active listening - LinkedIn learning.com has some great courses. I intend to continue developing myself combined with adding value to my team and department. Then in future years, go for bigger challenges and more responsibilities.