When starting a new job, you go in with expectations of the company you will be working for, but do you know what is expected of you? I will admit, when I walked through Aronson’s doors on my first day of work, I was worried and nervous. I even started doubting that I was capable of doing the work.
All of our instructors were so patient and supportive, reassuring us they didn’t expect anyone to know much on the very first day and growth would come with time, but I was a little skeptical.
After training, I had my first client and had no idea what I was doing. I had trouble navigating through the system because everything was brand new to me. The second client was pretty much the same. But then, on my third client, everything began to start making sense. The systems we were using became easier to navigate, I began to do the work more quickly, and I started becoming more sure of myself. By the time I was on my fourth client, everything felt pretty easy.
Everyone’s experience is different, but I am the type of person that learns from hands-on work. After I did the work a few times, I needed less assistance. Even though I was skeptical and unsure in the beginning, I found everything our instructors said to be true—it really just does come with time! Everyone I have worked with has been so patient and willing to teach and train new hires. This experience has been both reassuring and empowering.
I am by no means used to “everything,” since I only started three months ago, but I do feel confident with the basics. Looking ahead, I am again a little nervous about my first busy season, but as everyone has advised, it just takes time and tasks will become much easier after. This time, I take their reassurance to heart and trust this advice.
Though you master certain tasks over time, you never truly stop learning. The newly-promoted seniors, managers and even the new partners are all taking on new responsibilities. It is comforting to know that no matter what level, we are all just a little outside our comfort zone and are learning together.
Now I can tell you with confidence that everything will come with time and experience. All you can do from the beginning is to have a great attitude and the willingness to learn.