Work Over Five Years
It is insane how quick time goes by. After University my life came to a halt with a number of aspects, which gave me that push to get out and explore the world.
Returning to South Africa I spent the good part of a year exploring and experiencing the world from a different take on life.
Sadly due to illness I was required to return to the U.K, to which I decided to gain experience in a job local to home for a short period to further my funding for future travels.
What I Learnt In My Time
So there you have it, work over five years and the true-life experiences I gained along the way:
- Experience is a must.
- Qualifications are a small part.
- Don’t get disheartened if no one responds.
- Some jobs receive thousands of applicants.
The Role Up To Management
- Expect to put in loads of hours.
- Be prepared to run before you can walk.
- Sometimes you just have to kiss ass.
- People wont always like you… Get used to it.
- Those evenings when friends are out for a beer… You will be at work.
- You will get known as the person who works too much.
- What social life?
- It is all worth it.
- Leaders give direction not orders.
- Listen to your peers; you want them on your side.
- Even when you don’t feel like leading, you will have to.
- People are like robots, if they are given no instructions they will just stand there.
- Be prepared to get moaned at by staff and customers.
- No matter what anger issues you have, don’t hit them it will just make things worst.
- No matter how happy you are be prepared to be confronted by grumpy negative people.
- Whatever age your employees are they all act like stroppy teenagers.
- Every customer is a specialist in whatever you are selling.
- The customer is always right even when he is being damn right stupid.
- Always pay attention to the small details like names and preferences.
- The little things matter.
- Positive words go a long way.
- No matter how motivated you are, there will always be that one person who gets in the way.
- Even with a positive mind, one moan from the wrong person and you are the least motivated person for the day.
- Plan your day the night before.
- Whenever you aren’t feeling creative, tackle another task.
- Learn to accept criticism even when you think it’s your best bit of work.
- Ask for others opinions, it helps you grow.
- Being creative, doesn’t mean your ideas are the best.
- Being stuck in the situation makes it harder to work out a solution, step away for five minutes.
- Listen to your employees; many often have ideas that we are oblivious to.
- Assume everyone is dumb.
- Be prepared to think on the spot.
- No matter how little room you have, head office always assume anything can fit.
- Normally you moan for five minutes then realize sod it nothing else I can do but make it fit.
- Even the most planned situation will have its blocks along the way.
- Nothing beats a good plan that goes successfully.
- First impressions truly do matter.
- Try not to look for rocket scientists on CV’s else you will be disappointed.
- The Interviewer is often as nervous as the Interviewee, so don’t panic.
- Do your research on the company. It will impress the Interviewer.
- All staff members think they are lawyers.
- You always get one smart ass.
- No matter how many times you prep your speech in a disciplinary, they will always have something to say that you didn’t think of.
- Templates are your best friends.
Management In General
- They say shit travels down, sadly it travels and up and down.
- When you are having a bad day don’t take it out on your staff.
- Your staff are your closest companions. You won’t win them all over but at least work your hardest to try as they will be the ones you see every day.
- You wont please everyone.
Time Is Money
- It is always hard but try and get a balance between work and life.
- Get up early, and make the most of your morning.
- When you open up or close for the evening, those last few minutes when no one is around you get more done due to no distractions.
- Even when you are contracted to 40 hours a week, expect to do more.
The skills I have learnt along the way are merely just a snippet of my life over the past five years, and I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am for some seriously good times and bad times.
Each of which I define as an experience and has changed me into the person I am today.