When I was in college, my dad was a guest lecturer – yes, I was that kid – and one of the things he told my class stuck with me all of these years, ‘I learned more in my first 6 months of work than I learned in four years of school.’
This blew my mind, especially since he was paying $40K a year for me to take that class. How could someone learn so much in such a short amount of time when they spent four years just learning.
But six short months later, I graduated. Then 10 long months later I got my first big girl job as a media coordinator.
BOY, was daddio right! That first week I took more notes than I did in my entire senior business capstone. The only problem was that that job was very linear in the sense that once you learned in there was no more to learn. You learn a lot in a short amount of time and then that’s it. Also the work was soul crushing the company had a toxic culture which lead to my early departure.
When I got to my current job, I had to work harder than I’ve ever had to before. I had responsibilities! Even my parents don’t trust me with those! I was doing what I thought was ‘real work.’
I got the hang of these responsibilities but then DUN DUN DUN a pandemic hit! And now my work life got flipped turned upside down, kinda like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Due to work being all topsy turvy, I have taken on tasks outside of my job functionality. At first this stressed me out, it was more work that I didn’t know how to do. I spent hours on hours trying to learn stuff that I glazed over in college.
Then it hit me, I’m getting paid to just relearn what I learned in college just at a higher level.
I LOVED college, and not just for the endless amount of guys to buy me food and the constant partying; but I TRULY loved college. I struggled every semester to choose only six classes – seven one semester because I was a try hard and got that double degree. There was just so much to choose from and so much to learn. It all sounded interesting to me and like something I could pursue.
Now I am all about getting new tasks. It’s like YES teach me AND pay me!
Obviously I complain about work the same as anyone else would. Who truly wants to wake up every morning at the crack of dawn to sit in rush hour traffic and then spend the majority of your day working on something you have to do instead of want to do.
But if we have to work to make a living, we may as well get something out of it. And when it comes down to it, work really is just an extension of school. We never stop learning, whether it be for work, a passion, or about our significant other; there is always something to learn.
Instead of complaining when we’re given a new task that we need to master, we should embrace it. After all, it is just another skill to put on our resumé!