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Attitude and Skills – Tips from a 19 Year Old

By February 16, 2016 career No Comments

You could argue that different age demographics have different perspectives on the expected attitude and skills that are to be used in the workplace.  This blog, written from the perspective of a 19 year old, will cover the attitude and skills that are expected in the workplace.

Attitude

When starting a new job, most focus on learning and developing their skills.  While this is important, they don’t focus enough on developing the right attitude.  I’ve spent just over a year in the workforce, and can say that I’ve spent much time developing the right attitude.

Being positive is important because when you have a good mind set, the results show.This means that you find the joy in a task or in a situation.Be eager, alert, and ready to do any task with a smile & a happy attitude.

Don’t be bias; it’s important that your experiences don’t dictate the way you answer questions, communicate with others or work on tasks.  Having passion for the work you do is encouraging and exactly what you need to get through stressful or difficult times in your work-life.  I’ve also found during my first year in the workplace, that developing relations with your co-workers is important when trying to get through difficult days.

Being comfortable, honest & professional with co-workers is important, as this makes for a great team.

Skills

When you’re working, you’ll unconsciously develop skills.  This is why it’s important that you’re ready to undertake any task.

For example; when you’re uploading a file into an online program, you’re learning the skills needed to use the program, create the appropriate file and then upload the file.  You need to be ready to do any task, and have the right attitude when doing the task.  This doesn’t mean necessarily focus on the skills you’re learning when doing a task, but rather being aware that you are learning skills.

Opportunities for developing skills aren’t just the responsibility of the workplace, employer or supervisor.  There is also an expectation that you’ll seek opportunities for developing skills.  An example of this could be identifying skills you are lacking and then finding a way you can implement learning the skill into your work tasks such as learning how to network through attending an event with an experienced co-worker.

What to NOT do

Remember to always be polite, it’s inappropriate & uncomfortable when a worker is rude or unprofessional when dealing with clients, customers or co-workers.  Being comfortable with co-workers or your employer is fantastic, however remember that formality is required to a certain extent.

And finally don’t ever be rude or lazy in the workplace.  If you’re given a task that you don’t have the skills for, this is the perfect time to develop those skills.  If you don’t want to do a task, than you’ve got to change your attitude and get it done.

Glenn Tarawa, November 2015

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