Learn @ Work

Learning is the act of acquiring new or modifying and reinforcing existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, etc.   This may lead to a potential change in synthesizing information, depth of knowledge, attitude or behavior.

Formal Education at School, College/University, and resulting qualification may maximize our potential find a better job, and become successful in our chosen career.  But that is not the end, there are many other opportunities to learn and develop the skills you need throughout life.  It is the process through which we use our experience to deal with new situations and to develop relationships.

So as a process, we continue to learn many things at work.  Learning does not happen all at once, but it builds upon and is shaped by previous knowledge. The work place is bound to give you numerous life lessons, but also you are viewed as a Professional.

Following are few things you learn at your work place…

How to be a Professional

Upon entering the professional world, you’ll begin to notice your lifestyle and interests change. You’ll begin to care more about your professional reputation and enjoy attending official events.  Although you’re still the same person, you’ll start to feel more “grown up” and respected in your industry.

When to say “Yes” and “No”

As you get more comfortable with your work, you’ll figure out the right times to say “yes” and “no” to your coworkers and even your boss.  Although it might be difficult to do, you need to know your boundaries and what you’re capable of doing.

Soft Skills are more important than Technical Skills

Another thing that’ll surprise you during your work is that the industry will value your soft skills over your technical skills.   Although you may have learned a great deal in knowledge about your field in the classroom, it doesn’t compare to how important your soft skills are.  As a professional, you need to be a team player and have the ability to communicate with others. If you don’t, you’ll get left behind in the dust — or even worse, replaced by a new entry-level employee.

How to Write

Even though writing is a soft skill, it’s one almost every college graduate underestimates. This is why it’s a lesson that needs to be singled out.  Regardless of whether you’re a doctor, engineer, teacher, or marketer, writing is the most important skill you’ll ever have. Every employer you have will expect you to write professional emails and have the ability to write a memo or letter or documentation at any given moment. If your written communication skills aren’t up to par, an employer would definitely be motivated to let you go in a heart beat.

Work on the Weekends

Unfortunately, in the real world, your work might follow you home. Although the days of homework are over, when you get home from work, you’ll still have emails to check or projects to finish up. Working from home won’t always happen, but you shouldn’t be surprised if it does.

How to cope up with Office Politics

Something that might be completely new to your professional experience is office politics. Office politics can be barely noticeable in your workplace or have a huge impact on how you complete your work. Examples of office politics could include gossip, dishonest, rivalry, or even power plays. Whatever type of office politics you encounter in the workplace, just remember to stick to your values and don’t give into something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Money isn’t everything

Another important thing you’ll learn during your work is the reality that money isn’t everything.   Sure, while money seems to make the world go round, not a single rupee will bring you happiness if you hate your job.

Once you realize money isn’t everything, you’ll feel a sense of liberation in your career. The entire idea behind finding a career you love is doing something that fulfills your passions and makes you feel like you have a place in this world. If you’re able to find a job that gets you excited about your work and pays just enough to give you a comfortable life, then you should feel like you have everything you. Down the road, if you want more money, wait for the right opportunity to come along. Don’t give up a job you love just because you want a fancier car or bigger wardrobe.

In Summary, Learning brings about changes in the way we act, think and/or feel about ourselves, other people and the world around us.  Such changes may be permanent or temporary depending on our own perceptions of the importance and relevance of the gained knowledge.

 Blog contributed by Navu K (Delivery Manager)

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