Chapter 14

Learning as Much as Possible from Your Job


check Checking in regularly with your boss

check Taking on more work

check Learning from your team members

check Taking advantage of training

Your first job is more than a paycheck. It’s a chance to acquire new skills and knowledge. Don’t sweat it, it’s not like going back to school. It’s more of an opportunity to learn while you work. The more you learn, the more you can contribute. And the more you can contribute, the better your chances of getting promoted within the organization or moving to other roles at another employer.

If you’re a shy person, this is the time to come out of your shell and meet other colleagues. You have an opportunity to learn from your team members, people in other groups, and your superiors. Be curious about what they do and how they do it. Compare notes. Sit in on meetings and listen. You don’t need to participate.

Does your employer offer any training or learning opportunities? Take advantage of these. Examples of training include productivity classes or programs on how to learn sales techniques. They also ...

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