Make a Positive First Impression – Ask!Published on October 13, 2014 at 12:12 am
Hi Folks – I have a young intern/associate working with me. Her name is Christina Echevarria. I asked Christina to write about her real-life experiences in the workplace. Here’s her inaugural post. Can you relate? Let us know! – Lisa
Starting my new job has been both an exciting and challenging time filled with uncertainty. The initial struggles of finding where exactly I fit in have been unsettling, but I have found that toughing through these struggles develops me.
One of the most difficult obstacles I am facing in my newly budding career is accepting that sometimes I need help, and that means actually ASKING for help. I find myself sitting at my desk twiddling my thumbs because I’m stuck on some random task or unsure of exactly what is being asked of me. I think I’m bothering my manager when I send an email asking for clarity. However, I’m realizing this is not the best attitude if I plan on actually doing my job well.
From my experience, I can definitely say that my manger and co-workers are happy to take a few minutes to clarify things. The more I view awkward moments of uncertainty as learning opportunities rather than obstacles, the more comfortable I feel stretching out of my comfort zone and taking initiative. Initiative is invaluable both in and out of the workplace, and developing this skill starts with learning to acknowledge that asking for help is not an indication of weakness; rather, an opportunity for growth! It seems as though growth and discomfort inevitably go hand-in-hand…yikes! I’ve sure got a lot of discomfort ahead of me, but I’m becoming excited as these challenges transform into opportunities to get a little bit better every day.
This post was written by Lisa Jacobson