Last Friday, I finished the job I’ve been in for the past 2 and a bit years. And as of today, I’ve just completed my first week in my new role.
It got me thinking that I’ve been in the professional world of work since I graduated in 2012. Technically, I’ve been working since I was 16 but that was a bar work mixed with my favourite job of all time, working at a bookies. My past 5 years in professional, 9-5 work has seen me learn a lot of lessons and at 21, I didn’t have a clue what was coming to me.
Truth be told, I love working. It’s not felt it like the past 12 months, but, I love taking pride in my work. I like being successful, I’m career driven to achieve the things I want in life.
NOT EVERYONE HAS YOUR BEST INTERESTS AT HEART
The world of work can be dog eat dog and not everyone has your wellbeing, ambitions and welfare as their priority. It’s something I’ve experienced a few times and I constantly have to remind myself that it isn’t for any reason regarding me. Although no excuse, other colleagues and managers feel the pressures from up above. I firmly believe in Barney Stinson’s theory of the circle of screaming and it can be difficult to actually deal with. However, on the flip side, when you have colleagues and managers who care about you, it’s a different ball game all together.
IT’S OKAY TO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
When I left University, I had no idea what I wanted to do. It hasn’t been until the last year or so where I feel I’ve really found what I enjoy in work and what I don’t. But, it’s taken me nearly 5 years to find that and that’s OK. You’re allowed to change your mind, you’re allowed to try new things and new experiences.
IT’S OKAY TO SPEAK YOUR MIND, JUST DO IT THE RIGHT WAY
Whatever role you’re in, you do not have to agree with every single principle of it. Office politics will happen wherever you go and it’s okay to speak up about them. Perfect English Student knows how to get their point across perfectly, without arguements, tensions or negative energy. Always be calm, explain your reasons. Sometimes, it’s even worth putting your thoughts and ideas out there – even when you know they are going to be shot down.
NOT EVERYONE WILL LIKE YOU AND THAT’S OKAY
You’re never, ever going to get on with everyone. Whether it’s in the office, at a bar or whatever aspect of your life. I’ve worked with people I would never choose to socialise with and I’ve worked with people who I completely gel with. There’s people who don’t like me in my office and there’s people who I really get on with. But, you treat all of them equally with respect, regardless of your opinions. Respect goes a long, long way in the world of work.
THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF FUN
We see our colleagues more times than we see our partners or families. When we think about it, we’re at work a really, really long time so I think it’s vital that something, you have a little fun. Making friendships at works can be one of the best things and I’ve met some of my closest friends through the world of work. Of course, always remember why you’re there. Your work will always have to take priority.
STRIVE FOR WHAT YOU WANT
Your current role or salary does not define you and there is nothing wrong for striving for different ventures or exploring new ideas. I’d been in my last role for over 2 years and I’ve headed off in a completely direction with my new job starting Monday. Ambitions and wants never hurt anybody and it’s good to keep challenging yourself to what you want. People change and so do their wants and needs career wise.
EVERYONE DEFINES SUCCESS DIFFERENTLY
I’m not alone in thinking that years ago, the only way to be successful was to have a huge pay check, go off on 3 long haul holidays a year and have a fancy job title to match. But, as in most things in life, the world is what you want it to be and not a particular way. Over the years, I’ve learnt what I wanted in a job and that’s to balance it with a good home life, be able to afford to luxuries I want and know what I’m doing is bringing worth to someone. It may not have the fanciest job title in the world but a home life where I can just switch off at the end of the day is much more important to me. And that’s OK.
Am I taking all the lessons I’ve learnt to my new role? Absolutely. The world of work is a very strange place and one where I’m going to be for a long while yet.