Throughout the past year, I have just begun to engage in professional working environments. Although I am not legally old enough to work yet, I have taken the initiative of getting working experience through jobs I am applying for. One job that included a lot of working together with people higher than me was summer school. Last summer I volunteered to work at summer school helping out ES basketball, and HS math. Although I was not being paid, I felt like it was really important for me as a growing human being.
I remember the first week I was unsure, holding back, and I was not going out with 100% of my energy in the working field. This came out in the basketball camp. My job was to help out our coach, participate in games, and help run activities. I saw myself being a little passive the first week. The coach told me that it was ok to be passive the first week because it was my first time and it was a new experience. However, he told me that he expected me to do more in the second week and be more involved. This included just being louder, especially in a sporting environment. He told me to give out advice and be fully engaged in the learning of the kids. This was a wake-up call for me, as I tried my hardest to be loud and engaged in the purpose of my job. I realized that I was lucky to be in a working environment where I wasn’t being paid because it allowed to me to make mistakes and learn from them. Being paid sets a higher expectation. Not being paid gave me room to make mistakes and learn from them so I was thankful for this opportunity. Being able to have this flexible learning experience, was important to me because I learned how it was to work in a professional working environment. From learning to give a 100% of my energy and display what I can offer as a person I can carry on this attitude towards future jobs. This has changed me as a person because I used to think that having a job was showing up and doing your role. Now I think that that is still necessary but you should also show something extra that only you as a person can offer to a working community. This opportunity makes me curious about how working in an environment where you’re getting paid to work for is different to this experience.
The other experience I had where I was actually getting paid was through babysitting. Through this experience, I learned that everyone’s needs are different. It’s important to follow the expectations of the people that are paying you, and also show what you offer that is different to other potential babysitters. I also learned that people you work for are not only looking for who can get the job done effectively, but also who is the kind of person we want working for us. This changed who I am because now when I go into a job, I try to focus on my strengths and take advantage of those. Another important idea I learned about was communication in working environments. I learned through babysitting that it is important to communicate if you have finished a task with your co-workers/who you’re working for. This is so they can have a sense of relief that I am doing the job that they need to be done for themselves. Self-management is also very key as you need to follow the times/deadlines that are set in order to be successful at your job from the eyes of who you’re working for.
Through these working environments, I am excited to use more of my bilingual skills, and my personality to work in more demanding paid working environments.