LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC): Impressed with his befuddlement of West Indies batsmen in four Twenty20 Internationals over the last two weeks, the Pakistan selection panel have named teenager Shadab Khan in a 16-member squad for their upcoming Test series in the Caribbean. The 18-year-old leg-spinner gained the nod of approval to be one of five newcomers in the Pakistani Test squad, a mere 10 days after making his international debut in the T20 series against the Windies in which he was named Player of the Series for a haul of 10 wickets at 7.50 apiece. The other uncapped players in the squad which will be captained by veteran Misbah-ul-Haq before he signs out of the international game are: middle-order batsman Usman Salahuddin, fast bowlers Hassan Ali and Muhammad Abbas, along with left-arm spinner Muhammad Asghar. Seven of the players that made the trip to Australia over the Christmas/New Year’s period have been sidelined for one reason or the other, earning familiar face Ahmed Shehzad a recall, along with fellow batsman Shan Masood. “The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and international season,” said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. “The team is a fine blend of experience and youth, and we believe that the team will do well on the tour.” West Indies and Pakistan play three Tests during the upcoming series, including the opening match, the 50th to be staged at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, along with contests at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica. The Pakistanis are eyeing their first Test series victory on Caribbean soil, having failed to succeed on seven previous trips to the region and won just five of 23 matches there. Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Sarfraz Ahmed (vice-captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.
Whether it’s through my day job working in communications and public relations at FCB Global or my post as an adjunct professor at New York University, I’m constantly impressed by the ambitious young people I encounter — people with diverse backgrounds who are pursuing careers in varied fields. They inspire me and fuel my own aspirations.I’m proud to be a mentor for many incredibly talented individuals seeking professional guidance. While no one mentor-mentee relationship is the same, I will say that I am extremely selective when choosing mentees. I focus on offering my time to individuals who are ambitious and willing to work hard to make me proud.So, how do I identify these people? And, once I do, how do they continue to foster a positive mentor-mentee relationship? Over the years, I’ve distilled a handful of traits of superb mentees. Here they are.1. Don’t Ask to Be MentoredI handpick most of my mentees, and rarely do I take on a mentee who simply asks. A mentee should prove him or herself before a beneficial relationship is formed. One of my mentees, DuJuan Chowning, was completing an internship when I joined the communications team at CBS in 2010. He simply asked me to have lunch with him. DuJuan impressed me at lunch by sharing his long-term career vision. And, before asking for anything in return, he shared his own insights. Our relationship taught me new techniques and strategies to excel in my day-to-day role and career. As a result, I was eager to offer my assistance. Today, DuJuan is at Facebook, and it’s an honor to watch him soar.Bosses Reveal: 10 Things That Will Help You Get Promoted in 20182. Seek Out FacetimeOne of my mentees, Ja’han Jones, was an NBC Page (which is, in itself, an impressive accomplishment because it’s such a competitive program). Ja’han is a young Black man, and he sat outside of my office during one of his early assignments with another group. One day, I looked at him and said, “Why don’t I know who you are?” At this point, I didn’t even know his name. At first, Ja’han looked at me confused, but after a second, he knew exactly what I meant. I told him to come see me in my office so we could touch base. The rest is history. Ja’han calls, texts and emails me all the time, and he’s now an editor at HuffPost. If I had never reached out to him, we never would have connected and it would have been a shame. It’s crucial to introduce yourself and make your presence known. One of my mentors taught me early on that it’s my job for people to know who I am, not the other way around. Now, I echo the same advice to all of my mentees.3. Give as Much as You GetI truly believe that all relationships should be mutually beneficial. Every relationship, including the one you have with your mentor, should be “give” (be a blessing) and “take” (accept a blessing). When I offer to help someone, I give them my all. A mentee should not only contact me when they need something. They should contact me to say hello or comment on industry news that impacts my company or my role. In fact, one of my mentees recommended me for my current graduate teaching role at NYU.4. Ask Those Potentially Awkward QuestionsEveryone is different when it comes to discussing finances, but one of my mentors taught me early in my career that you must discuss salary, especially as a person of color. Beyond trusted websites, it’s the most accurate way of knowing that you’re receiving what you deserve. Compensation should be a topic discussed among mentors and mentees. I wouldn’t expect my mentees to ask me how much I make, but I do give them ballpark ideas of appropriate salary, based on position. If I invest myself heavily in someone, I want him or her to be comfortable speaking to me about all facets of his or her career.Get Your Free, Personalized Salary Estimate5. Live by the Ripple EffectA mentoring relationship doesn’t start and stop with the mentor. I place my mentees in contact with successful individuals in the career that they’re striving to work in. After they meet and impress that person, they should thank them and ask if there’s anyone else that person thinks they should meet. And if they’ve impressed them (which, hopefully, I’ve prepared them to do), that person always has someone else to connect them to. There should be a continuous ripple effect of my mentees building their network: Meeting, thanking, connecting.This article originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s digital magazine. The Well is the digital magazine of Jopwell, the career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic and Native American professionals and students. 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Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Hellen Kotlolo, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Hellen Kotlolo, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.It is true what they say about the first twelve weeks: feeling sick, the sleepless nights spent contemplating followed by fatigue and tiredness, the abdominal cramps, and even more difficult, the food, which tastes and smells different. What they do not mention is that this period is also a joyous and life-changing experience and similarly my experiences in India have had these “first trimester” aspects. But the symptoms are slowly fading as I enter the second trimester of my mentorship.It has been a wonderful journey of learning and interacting with the other Young Champions and my colleagues at work. I am reflecting on lessons learned and identifying certain skills that I need to improve. I have currently downloaded an introductory online research and statistics course which is helpful because I am currently working on an analysis of the Focused Group Discussions from the Birth Preparedness and Complications Readiness (BP/CR) project, and will be working on the interventions, tools and materials for implementation of this operational research project in Rajasthan, my “project in India.”CHETNA is collaborating with other NGOs with this project as a resource centre that provides materials, tools and publication. The coming weeks will require meetings with the field NGO and training of field workers for the implementation of the BP/CR project. So the next few months will be about developing materials and planning. CHETNA also facilitated my participation at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Conference in Delhi. Not only was I with other Young Champions but it was a great opportunity to interact with Professor Wendy Graham and Tim Thomas who both challenged us to start thinking about our projects more intensively especially when we return to our countries of implementation. Following our conversation, I have dedicated the months of my “second trimester” to the Lerato-Care YC, my own “project in South Africa”. Below a picture from the conference.I also participated in a review meeting in Vadodara held at Shroff Foundation Trust. CHETNA provides technical support to the foundation to implement RCH activities in underserved areas.I was fortunate to get an orientation of the hospital located on the city outskirts. While they conduct 25 deliveries a month, the maternity unit was empty when I visited and I discovered majority of the deliveries are conducted by doctors not nurses/midwives. When I was on the Surat field trip last month the maternity unit was also empty and unfortunately the community health centre in Surat only had one nurse/midwife and one doctor with majority of deliveries conducted either at home or by Dais. This CHC had nothing, not even a drip (intravenous infusion) except for IFA tablets. And the next referral centre was about one to two hours away. I am still wondering where the midwives/nurses are and what their responsibilities are if not providing care and conducting deliveries for women in labour? It has been a difficult process for me to understand the health care system in India. At the moment I am trying to figure out how I can help.As I enter the “second trimester” of my mentorship, a lot of work related activities and planning await me but mostly I am urged to fulfil my Young Champion project.Below an official introduction of my mentor and Ashoka Fellow, Indu Capoor and Smita Bajpai, maternal health project coordinator (working with her on the BP/CR project) from CHETNA.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: