Want to push your boundaries? Acknowledge them first!

My first job in the IT-world started a few months ago. It is intense to start something completely new after just graduating, since finding your way in a new industry takes a lot of time and energy.

I learned more things in a few months at Triggre than I was used to from school. That can either be the best or the worst experience – depending on how you deal with it.

Recently, I had my first face-to-face meeting with a client looking for software solutions. He was an employee in his mid-fifties who told us that he was solely responsible for implementing automatization in the company.

He had to look like the go-to person for the job, but I quickly noticed that he had second-to-no experience regarding software creation – and I recognized his situation immediately.

He was dealing with a subject that he was supposed to know every little thing about. But learning software takes time and he just wasn’t ready yet, which made him super uncomfortable.

First steps in the world of IT

The meeting made me reflect on the issue of being new to the ‘software business.’ I have a marketing background, which I can apply to a variety of situations, but this is my first IT-related job. I’ve quickly come to understand that it’s a world with laws and rules of its own, and you need to familiarize yourself with it.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fresh graduate or a seasoned professional with decades of work experience. It’s important to accept the fact that there are certain things you are not capable of doing yet.

However, many people find it difficult to admit that. This can result in distressing predicaments, because they feel forced to accept projects they simply cannot handle. In the end, no one will benefit from a non-transparent attitude.

Ultimately, you’re creating a very non-pleasant work situation for yourself in which you are constantly frustrated and under pressure.

Solution: acknowledge and learn!

So what is a constructive solution? In my opinion, the key is to embrace your lack of knowledge as well as the drive to learn.

Platforms like Triggre are made to be used by everyone, so if you’re willing to learn, you will figure it out.

And if you need more help, just ask. I’ve experienced that it’s better to tell co-workers you require more time or help, since you show them you’re willing to learn and acquire the right skills. In my next blog, I will elaborate on this solution in more detail!

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