Summer Lovin’- Learning to Love the Office

If you’ve been lucky enough to snag a volunteer position or job this summer within the PR/ Communications industry, you’re probably in work mode and things are in full swing.

If you’re new to the nine-to-five-type job, like I am (coming from the restaurant industry), and feel like some things just aren’t jiving with you, you’re not alone. But don’t think- not even for a second- that it’s not for you or you’re doing something wrong. It just takes time to make the transition- whether it’s from shift work, full-time school, or whatever!

I’ll admit it, my transition hasn’t been the easiest, but I’d like to share a couple of things I’ve learned since starting an office job:

1. It’s normal to feel lost.

You don’t have to be a self-proclaimed overachiever to feel lost or confused by a potential lack of feedback received for your work. At school, there’s a grading system. At work, you submit something to your boss and hope he/ she likes it. Sometimes they use what you create/write/design, other times they don’t. That’s life.

2. You shouldn’t feel put off by the fact your superiors don’t always use your work.

Relax. You’re new and you have to learn from your mistakes. Your boss understands that you can’t produce everything perfectly, and the way he/she would like to see it. If Mr. Warbuck wanted to hire somebody who knew everything in the book, he wouldn’t have hired a newbie. Bosses enjoy having the chance to mold their employees.

3. The you-must-stretch-your-work-across-many-hours theory.

From my own experience, and those in similar situations, your boss will give you work that you know you can complete in two hours. BUT… you have all afternoon to finish it. And just because you try to finish it quickly doesn’t mean there’s something else waiting for you to do. Just be thorough with what you’ve done before moving on.

What I’ve always been told is to never sweat the small stuff. No matter what type of job or volunteer position you have picked up this summer, it’s great experience. You’ve either learned the qualities you DO like in a job, or those you DON’T. In addition to fine- tuning your professional skill set, you gain valuable life experience (how to socialize in certain environments, the pecking order of the professional world, what experiences you gain the most joy out of…).

I’m not saying that what I’ve just written is gospel, or words to live by, but I believe that once you come to understand these basic premises, you’ll learn to love the office.

So keep on truckin’!

Until next time,

Ash

Image credit: http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/jmp050902l.jpg

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About davegauthier

I am a student of the public relations program at Algonquin college.
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