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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Express yourself

One thing I have learnt in this is expressing yourself and asking a question when you do not understand something. I do not have to feel like I am stuck in a negative situation if I do not understand something. Fortunately in my work situation I have a network of people, besides my supervisors. There are instances when I felt I needed more guidance from my supervisor and I emailed her to ask her about the problem. There are also instances when I felt I was doing an unreasonable amount of work then I talked to the necessary person and addressed the issue.
After confronting the concerned parties, it did help to gain a better understanding of everyone’s role and how to improve the situation.
If you are having problems in a work situation learn to address it immediately rather than ignore it or internalizing it.

Time management

I have realised that “time management” has become like a buzzword for some of the co-interns. Making time in the workplace is something that I cannot ignore. Since working, I have been able to plan out my time. When having tasks, it’s not easy to do or remember everything. Just the other day I forgot to hand in a certain document to my supervisor.
It sometimes gets terribly frustrating to simply plan your work. In my work situation I am sometimes given tasks at random and that can disturb my time management plan. This is totally unlike at school where I could sit down and lay out my time management plan on paper. However I am learning to prioritise between my tasks. If I am given a task at random, I enquire about how soon I should complete the task.

A sense of responsibility

I have realised that there is so much freedom attached to my work. There is a project I have been working at and with that we have to work independently to complete it. Unlike varsity where the normal procedure would be failing if you do not submit your assignment on time, my work situation gives me plenty of time to work and breathe. Our supervisors are often not in the office but we have their numbers in case we need them. They are always available to talk when I need them. I love the freedom attached to my work .It wouldn’t be nice to have a supervisor watching over your shoulder each time.

While I enjoy the freedom attached to my work, I get to learn to be responsible. I often have to remind myself to be committed and remain motivated towards my work. With the flexibility and time given, it is easy to be demotivated and unfocused. I remember one of the speakers from the WOW training who said always find something to do, if you have nothing to do. So when there is nothing to do or when I am taking breaks from my research I practice my computer skills.