This week marks my “official” one year workiversary (that’s work anniversary) at StaffStat/Plan A Health Care Staffing Solutions. I never dreamed that after spending five years focusing on my post-secondary education that I would land my dream job immediately after graduation! As I reflect on what has been quite an exciting first year of my career, I would like to share some thoughts on a few things I picked up along the way, and some tips that can hopefully help everyone in their careers regardless of the amount of experience they have.
- Time flies. Personally, in all of my years of schooling, there were many times where I was unsure if I would make it through the week for a number of reasons: boredom, exhaustion, stress, etcetera. I can honestly say that not once in the past year have I thought “I wish it was the weekend”; I instead look up at the clock during the day and wonder how it could possibly be 4:30! You know what they say…time flies when you’re having fun…cliché, but so true! I’m very lucky to work with a great team of individuals who know how to make work fun. There’s not a day that goes by where I’m not laughing and enjoying every minute of it.
- Go above and beyond. When you know that your position is tied to your company’s success in some way, you’re extra motivated to do well. If you perform the same tasks day in and day out, your job can easily become monotonous. Make your position your own by jumping on opportunities and taking on tasks outside of your job description; this will keep your position refreshing and exciting.
- Be willing to learn. Let’s face it: you just can’t be good at everything, and pretending to be good at something you’re not can land you in some sticky situations. If I don’t know the answer to something or if I require clarification, I’m not afraid to conduct my own research or ask questions. Because I work in the quickly changing world of marketing, I’m always continuously trying to learn and adapt to new things; whether that’s emerging trends, new software, or processes to become more efficient, I’m always intrigued to learn more. I set a personal goal for myself to learn at least one new thing about my industry each day, and I challenge you to do the same. Not only is it extremely rewarding and self-gratifying, but you’d be surprised to see how random tidbits of new information can come in handy when you least expect it. Browse Tweets, read articles, listen to podcasts, or enrol in a webinar or in-person seminar; whatever you choose to do, have fun doing it!
- Have a support system. Sometimes life in general can become stressful for a magnitude of different reasons, however, I never bring my personal problems to work. Instead, I have a few great friends and a very supportive mom who I can turn to when I need to vent; this ensures I can get everything off my chest after hours and be present in my work.
- Find out how you learn and how you work. I’m an introverted and quiet person by nature, so I have no problem working alone. When I’m assigned a new project I like to break it down into tasks, buckle down and get started. I love making lists for myself and I have created a routine that I follow daily. If you’re unsure of how you work best, test out a few different working styles to see what makes you most effective and efficient at your job. And remember, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for others.
- Speak up. As I mentioned, I’m very much an introvert and I’m perfectly okay with that. But I feel like I have opened up and come out of my shell a lot in the past year. I still remember the first time I attended our company’s strategic planning session. I was a placement student and quietly observed. The next strategic plan I attended occurred shortly after I was hired on full-time. I was still hesitant to share ideas and was reserved at first. I very quickly remembered the environment in which I work in—a culture that is supportive and encourages ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. I naturally began to open up, share input, ideas and feedback. I’ve noticed a huge change in myself from when I started to where I am today.
- Love what you do. When you can directly see how your work makes a difference in some way, you begin to fall in love with what you do. The team I work with has an amazing energy that I am completely drawn to. It’s true what they say: “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
As my first year of employment at Plan A and StaffStat draws to a close, I am in the process of reflecting on the past, celebrating my wins, reviewing my personal strengths and weaknesses and setting goals for the year to come. This past year has easily been one of the best I’ve ever had, and I look forward to many more!