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What I've Learnt About Starting A New Job

There are good days, there are bad days and both are okay

BY Pauline Katethya

Mar 05, 2021, 04:55 PM

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Emma Matthews
I started working with YAZA In February. It has been an amazing opportunity. Working with a brand that gives women a voice is humbling. I won’t lie and tell you that it’s been a bed of roses, no. There have been ups and downs as it is with every journey. The first weeks were overwhelming and I remember my boss asking how bad I wanted to kill her on a scale of 10. I gave her a solid 8. 

I was quite nervous for the first few days. Going to the loo felt as if someone was asking me to walk to Mogadishu. I was afraid of making mistakes and opening up, but things are so much better now. Here are a few things I have learned so far. 

Communication Is Key

Communication is important, and not just any communication, but effective communication. Giving feedback on certain matters goes a long way especially in future decision-making.

I have learned to be clear and coherent in my communication. And to open up especially in matters that need to be addressed. If I feel a certain task needs more time than what I have, I’ll speak out. I have learned to share ideas, to agree and disagree on some issues, because we cannot always be on the same page every time. There are times we feel the need to say something just to please someone, but honesty goes a long way in the line of work for clarity in workflow.

It has helped with problem-solving and has created a healthy working relationship among me and my colleagues. It has also helped me understand the need to express myself assertively, without jeopardizing people's work or hurting their feelings.

Be Willing To Listen And Correct Your Mistakes 

There are times we get caught up with our work that we don’t see our mistakes. As a writer, your work is like a baby. You can go to the ends of the earth just to defend it. However, there are times you need to hurt the baby when editing the work. This doesn’t make you a bad mother. You want a better story and that's okay. 

There are also times we wrong other people without knowing and when this happens, we need to be humble, accept that we have wronged, ask for forgiveness, and move on. 

Every Day Is An Opportunity To Grow 

Our goal in life is to grow in almost every sphere of life. To improve and be better as a person and as an employee. Sometimes we might think that we are experts in our level of specialization, but every day is a learning experience and an opportunity to grow our skills and knowledge.

When I started working, I only knew a few things about social media but now I can schedule posts for Facebook and curate short and funny captions for quotes and stories. I am learning how to interact with people more as I interview them and writing about topics that are out of my comfort zone.

Focus On The Positive

We have good and bad days. There are days when ideas get rejected. Days when you are struggling to deliver. Days when you feel like giving up. On days like these, I choose to look at the brighter side of things with hope and optimism. Because not all days are bad days. Sometimes I vent to my friend, take a breather and  then go back to work. 

Take Care Of Yourself 

If you are working for long hours seated, sit with a good posture to avoid back and neck problems. Take breaks whenever you can. Go for the lunch break. Hydrate. Laugh with your colleague and other people of course. Open up if there's something you are going through. These are some of the small things that make you perform better. Remember all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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