Sunday, 6 August 2017

Things I've Learnt On My Three Year Anniversary

So lets make it clear that it's my work anniversary and not any other anniversary....! On Friday 4th August it was my three year work anniversary, and actually my three year anniversary for working full time in my proper first job. I like marking special dates and memories, and this one was filled with as much laughter in the office as it was on day one. In a non-cringey way I was reflecting on my 3 years at work and thought I'd share about what I've learnt throughout my time:

- Be patient
When I first started my job, I wanted to do everything and started working 100 miles an hour. However as they say Rome wasn't built in a day and I've learnt to be patient over time. There's so many things that can throw a spanner in the works and add extra time to a project, which can be frustrating but patience is an important skill to learn.

- Things happen for a reason
Bad news is not necessarily a bad thing but a new challenge. I've learnt that things definitely do not go plain sailing at my work and that means I have to adapt to the new situation. I've always wanted a job that isn't the same everyday and my current role is so much fun and different everyday!

- You're always learning
There's never been a point in my current role where I've thought, 'okay I've learnt everything that I need to.' Whether it's something to do with my job or a general work environment lesson, each day there's something new to discover. I think if you start to close off your mind to learning new things then new experiences don't come your way anymore.

- If it feels right it's right
When I first started job hunting I would apply for jobs that didn't feel right to me and come out of interviews not feeling like I'd quite fit in. Then when I went to my interview for my current job, my gut just told me this was the perfect place to kick start my career. So always trust your gut!

- A work and life balance is important
This one took me a good few months to learn, especially as I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed newbie who just wanted to do as well as she could. That also meant going to the post office on my lunch breaks, doing work that was outside of my job role and checking my emails over the weekend to show how eager I am. I believe that it get the best out of me during my working hours that it's important to take time out for yourself to recuperate and restart afresh the next day. 

What lessons have your learnt from your first job? Are you looking for a new job?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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