Eat well, live well, and be merry!
I started working permanently 3 years ago, during my college period. I remember I was so happy back then, to finally have a job and making my own money. I came from Public Relations background, had not yet finished school, and offered a job as a secretary. I didn’t complain nor bargain, ’cause besides that I got to organize some of my office’s events as well, which is one of my favorite tasks, and event organizing is also part of my studies, so that’s cool.
No major PR thingie to handle, but I love that I got the opportunity to learn from the very low point.
Working for me is like entering this big classroom. You must study just like usual, you’ll have tasks and homework, you’ll be stressed out, but in the end… you got paid, mami! Moreover, nothing is ever theoretical again, as you’re “studying” in a real world.
The pressure and responsibility is way higher, and just like in school, only those who are determined will get to the top.
I started doing some clerical work: photocopying, scanning documents, labeling, making phonecalls, setting up meeting, proposing meeting with clients, making tea/coffee for my boss, book hotels and flights, buying gifts, lunch, rearrange office lay out, and even clean up my own desk since our former office boy wasn’t really reliable.
Those weren’t rocket science, it wasn’t that hard to do. In fact I think anybody can do that. The challenge was to handle or face those who underestimate you, just because their job is considerably more analytical than making coffee or photocopying. But the bigger challenge was, when you finally think and JUSTIFY that your job is easy that you started to postpone things and become lazy.
Now if that happened, then no wonder people underestimate you.
I think there is a reason why most of us started off from a very low point. Us humans are designed to fight. Those who have big dreams and are able to survive, will move to the next level. Those who are whiny and less passionate, get stuck.
Had I not start my working experience by cleaning up desk, making coffee, photocopying, all those teeny weeny stuff, I probably couldn’t enjoy how lovely it feels to make a “jump” on my career. To make a progress.
And most of all, the experience taught me to respect people whatever their position is.
Then by opportunities, I moved to my second office. It is a lot more exciting, because it’s Marketing & Communications (Internal and External) oriented, which is relate-able to my background.
Well, the company I work at is not a B2C (Business to Customer) company, but B2B (Business to Business), so if you compare our marketing and PR activities with FMCG company, per se, we don’t do massive stuff. But the point is, I get to learn. And for the time being, it’s enough, and I’m happy 🙂
I am grateful that within this experience I got the chance to learn from scratch. Moreover, my bosses and senior managers here are awesome. No joke. I am thankful that my job allows me to connect with people (internally and externally), that it allows me to write, and teach me how to deal with many types of people. In the first months I sat with three different departments which give me chance to immediately know them better. It’s good to have people recognize you, and vice versa, it’s good that you’re able to know almost all of the people in the office. It makes your life (and work) easier. 😀
I am happy that I can learn from those humble, awesome superiors close enough. It’s a good feeling to be surrounded by so many smart peeps, it drives you to become better.
So again, I am thankful for this. I certainly hope and pray that my career ahead will be as bright as a shining star 😀
And you pretty peeps, I’m only 24 with 3 years working experience, for some of you it means nothing. But if I can share some tips surviving in this big classroom called office:
Okay then, I hope I don’t make myself sound like a motivator.
Let’s survive this “big classroom”, pretty peeps! 🙂