The Learning Curve — Part One

I’ve been fortunate enough in my twenty-six years to come in contact with a lot of different people in a lot of different positions.  Knowing that I still have a lot to pick up and carry with me from the managers I’ve worked with, I thought I’d take some time and share.  I hope that someone who’s twenty-two, fresh out of college, will read this, and apply it to themselves, because these are the best things I have ever learned.

My first job out of college was working in logistics for a company who provided services for a major theme park. My manager was in her early 30’s and had started out doing exactly what I had been hired to do– write bills of lading and send them to vendors. Vendors would sign them, send them back, and we would contract the trucking companies for shipment.

From her, I learned a lot of what I have applied to every job I have been involved in since.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I never felt like I needed to feel strange about asking her questions, I was able to find out a lot of things that probably weren’t in my job description, but I was thirsty for knowledge, and she was happy to pour me a glass.

Pride. I got tickets to the theme park after I started working there and I went on a Saturday with my dad. It was like any other day, until I saw a park worker dragging a hand truck with a load of boxes from a company I recognized. Something swelled up in my chest and it was pride. I knew just who that vendor was, I could hear his voice in my head, and I was happy to see that the shipment I arranged made it to the park on time.

If I could say anything to her now, it would be thank you for laying the ground work for me and all the success that I’ve had, and for what I will continue to have.

Do you remember your first job and what did you learn?