The last few months since starting my placement have been a whirlwind of experiences. Some good and some not so good. Nevertheless, experiences are what we learn from and so far this is what I have learnt.
- If you’re working on something that is taking up too much time, more often than not, there is a better way to do it! It makes sense to ask someone for help rather than wasting countless hours and from what I’ve experienced, if they don’t know the answer, they’ll know someone who does.
- Networking and socialising is very important. Creating contacts and forming good working relationships could open up opportunities in the future, as well as having that good reference for when you’re looking to secure a graduate job. LinkedIn is the Facebook of the professional world and a great way to keep in contact with those people you meet during placement (or any working environment). Also, not to state the obvious but, networking and socialising not only helps create opportunities later in life but it also makes life a lot more fun in the work place
- Prioritisation is key. Working in Sales Finance, there have been times where a lot was going on and I had been given tasks to complete by different people, my managers and Sales Team members. My lack of prioritisation skills got me into some trouble as I struggled to get everything done on time. Lesson learnt. I now try to complete work in order of importance and be more realistic about how much I can do at once.