Lessons from Three Months on the Job

It seems impossible, but I’ve already been at my first real job for over three months. In that time, I’ve:

  • Attended a workshop in Oakland, California
  • Published two print newsletters
  • Organized a three-day retreat for over 100 people
  • Started my own committee
  • Been interviewed for a blog (wut)

Life has been a complete whirlwind since I started this job, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so satisfied. This is one hundred and ten percent where I’m supposed to be right now, and it feels good to have an anchor for the first time in over two years.

So what have I learned these past three months? What did I learn that I assumed I already knew? What didn’t I even realize there was to learn? Here are a few of the gems I’ve gathered:

  1. Meal prep your lunches for the week. Otherwise, you’ll get waaaaaaaaay too comfortable ordering from UberEATS.
  2. Candy on your desk is a great way to get people to talk to you.
  3. Get comfortable saying no. Not because you want to be difficult or argumentative, but because you know your work best.
  4. Find a way to leave work at work. I’ve found that leaving my laptop charger at the office prevents me from doing work after hours.
  5. When you first start, take an absurd amount of notes. Take so many notes that they tell you that you don’t have to make note of that.
  6. Keep. Every. Email.
  7. If you can avoid it, don’t give out your cell phone number. I have so many regrets in that department.
  8. Your idea is good. Just show them why it’s good, and show them why they should trust you.
  9. Conversely, your idea might not always be the best option presented. Someone else’s might be better. Don’t take it personally.
  10. The more you apologize, the more they will expect you to.

Can’t wait to see what I learn next.


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