At KC Comms we’re massive believers in mentoring, whether that’s in-house or using external resources. Internally, we have sessions such as the coaching circles, wellbeing Wednesdays and weekly 121’s to discuss any issues, ambitions and wins that we may have.
As we all have our training budgets, and dedicated time to do training and development as part of our day to day role, I wanted to use mine to its full potential and do other courses alongside my Level 3 Digital Marketing apprenticeship.
Fortunately, a colleague introduced me to the Women in Tech SEO Mentorship Programme, an absolute godsend! Luckily, this fantastic course was free to sign up to.
The programme involved either signing up a mentor or a mentee – Of course, as I’m still in the early stages of my career, I signed up as a mentee.
After a few months (which felt like a lifetime) of anticipation, will I get chosen? Who will I get paired with? I finally got a match! Steph works for Blue Array SEO as an SEO Manager, so I knew I was in good hands.
Each week we had 30-minute sessions which meant I had half an hour to ask Steph anything to do with SEO. I mainly got her advice on struggles I’d had that week to which a Youtube video could not answer.
The programme lasted roughly two months, and in those two months, I was able to gain a lot of knowledge that I probably wouldn’t have been able to teach myself.
My mentor also found the programme very useful and beneficial to her, Steph said: “The Women in Tech SEO Mentoring opportunity spoke to me because I’d have loved to have a mentor when I was starting in the fast-paced world of SEO. Being able to work closely with Hollie and help her build her confidence and skills around certain technical and softer skills, challenged me to build up my skills in terms of problem-solving and coaching, so it was win-win from my perspective. It was great to get to know Hollie and know that I was helping to build a new generation of smart female SEOs who can go on to do the same for their successors.”
If you have an interest in SEO, I would 100% recommend signing up for the mentorship programme when it next comes around!