Around five weeks ago I went out on a work colleagues leaving do.
It overwhelmed me slightly as it was the most drunken affair I have experienced with people I work with.
I don’t drink as much as I used to so it quickly went to my head, fortunately everyone seemed to be in a bit of a state.
During the evening a pair of intoxicated managers surrounded me and told me what a great job I was doing and that if I wanted, they would be delighted to help with my professional development by getting involved in working for them.
The next morning my head was sore, but also big headed from all the compliments I had received.
In reality I knew a lot of it was drunken talk – those managers would be too busy to give someone like me the time of day. So I decided to forget about it.
I talked to my girlfriend Vicky about all the nice things said and how they offered to develop me she said “the truth comes out when people are drunk”
I thought about it for a few weeks and eventually decided I was going to ask them to get me involved with their work.
It took me another week to gain the courage to talk to them, by that time one of them had left to go on holiday. I thought about waiting till he got back before going back to my original plan – but I realised that would be two weeks wasted.for the past week had being building up to gain the courage to go talk to those managers who had offered to give me new work experiences.
Without thinking what I was actually asking for I got up and went to see the other manager. I said that I wanted to get involved with other initiatives with the department and whether we could have a meeting to decide how I could get help out.
So this Thursday I will be meeting up to gain new experiences, all because of a bit of drunken talk.
I don’t know where this will take me, but I guess the lesson is – don’t wait around too long to seize an opportunity and if you don’t ask, you don’t get.