How to get the most from your job when you are still fairly new to the workforce?
Quick answer: Be an AVID LEARNER!
I think one of the things that is often overlooked when you are new to the workforce is the feeling of “these are my job responsibilities and so this is all I am able to do”. You do have the option of doing just this, but if you are brand new to the workforce, then I suggest against this. I will describe how having a mindset of a “learner” helped me not only perform well in work, but helped me expand, learn new skills and open the doors for opportunities.
First things, first, really ask what you want from your current job. Key things you may want to ask yourself:
What specific new things do I want to learn?
What can I learn or gain experience in that will put me on the path to where I want to be in the future? This is a must have question!
Is this a job where I can showcase my potential and the things I am strong in?
Have an open mind and be ready to explore new opportunities and roles
For myself I was really open to learning and exploring new opportunities that came my way. I also wanted this job as a way to utilize and apply the skills I already had and to expand on them to further implement into new jobs.
Now how do I go about implementing these questions?
Don’t be afraid to ask! This is extremely important, you should never be afraid to ask for clarifications in your job, to ask to take on new tasks or to share your objectives. As a community projects coordinator at CatalystsX, well the title says it.. you are coordinating many tasks pertaining to partnerships, social media, etc. One thing that caught my attention was the Northern Lights Collaborative, and something else I wanted to learn which technically wasn’t on my job description was writing grants. So I asked to get experience and exposure in this.
This will indefinitely will lead to results!
After asking, I got to experience transcribing, editing grants and researching information needed for grants. In regards to the Northern Lights Collaborative, I created the event newsletter and assisted with data survey compilations.
Don't forget to also consider what programs, classes and events that are offered through your work.
Outside of work, I was also connected with a large community at Centre for Social Innovation so I attended many events (many were free) which helped me grow as an individual . Don’t limit yourself to just your hours, see what you can do beyond as well!
These are just some examples, but the possibilities are endless and they can be simple or complex! So remember do a great job, but don’t forget what a job can do for you!