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Lessons Learnt From My Job

Source | JobsforHer : By Clarice Susan

When I go back into my job history, the graph has shown a steadily rising line interspersed with a few surprise elements. January 2017. A new year marked with new goals and beginnings. Call it the ‘Trump Effect’, or another door that opened a sea of opportunities for me, I was left jobless. Desperation set in, and the pangs of worthlessness grew each day. I read books (my passion), listened to music, and even wrote blogs to prevent my mind from turning into a devil’s workshop. It is often quoted that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. I turned to LinkedIn, Facebook posts and other job sites to find a new job.

January 15. I remember this day fondly, because my I landed my second job at  WordPlay Content (my first role was at Tekinroads, Bangalore. A few days later, I received an email from Wheelstreet, a startup dedicated to biking and rentals. I had been offered a job as a Freelance Content Writer (when the Gods are very generous, and you receive not one but two).  It has been nearly two months since I started my new role at WordPlay Content. Apart from enriching my working knowledge, I’ve also learnt a few important life lessons.

  • Avoid plagiarism
    Plagiarism is often associated with writing. In life, I have learnt never to be a ‘copy-paste’ segment of others, whether it means forming views, opinions, life decisions, dressing choice, eating habits, friends, starting a family, or any other thing. Never use others’ views to influence your own decision-making process. It amounts to plagiarism, except that there are no online tools to check for them.
  • Stand up for yourself
    Be original. Although this might sound the same as the first point, it involves the idea of being true to yourself and others. Don’t copy anyone. Learn to stand on your feet, keep your decisions firm, and never buckle under pressure.
  • Learning is a life-long process
    My knowledge of finance was limited (given that I earned my degree in Computer Applications). My project involved working with Indian finance companies and writing blogs for them. As I researched and read about financial topics, I must admit I have grown richer every day. I’ve also learnt how to manage my expenses deftly. 
  • Never be afraid to learn
    This brings me to the importance of keeping your mind open to learning new things. This way, you enjoy your daily routine or your job a little better each day. If something seems Greek to you, take all the steps and the initiative to learn about it. Ignorance might be bliss in certain situations, but it is bitter medicine.
  • Do what you enjoy. Enjoy what you do.
    Once you’ve developed a keen interest in learning the “new”, whether it is your job or a relationship, it becomes that much easier to give it your 100 percent. And there can be only result- you enjoy what you do, which then turns into doing what you enjoy!
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