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“Growing out of your comfort zone”

Working in a big company can be frightening after spending several years in classrooms acquiring bits and pieces of knowledge. While studying, there wasn’t much pressure.

By Georgia Pappa, one of the Digital Thinkers

Tests and exams were carried out every now and then and you were assessed based on your understanding and knowledge. From time to time, you had to write a research paper – in some cases quite an extensive one – but with lots of time to work on it.

Suddenly, you are out of the safe zone of the classroom, where you were examined on timetable, and deadlines were set months away. You are facing the harsh reality of your working environment where deadlines are “tomorrow” and extensions are rare or don’t exist. There are no formal exams, but you are being tested every day. The outcome of your work is under the scanner of your seniors and supervisors and comes, not in report cards, but in performance assessments.

The workplace, though, is the place where your personality and skills can shine. It is where you spend half of your waking time. You arrive at the office fresh and full of energy and leave, having done your best, exhausted. That is why having a fulfilling job is of great importance in our lives. But even though you might have found the perfect job -the comfy office chairs, the heat on the cold days, air conditioning on the hot days, and a fresh coffee down the hall- you surely face the difficulties that always come when dealing with demanding tasks. You are now expected to put the knowledge earned throughout the years into practical use, since your performance impacts the organization as a whole.

For someone like me that works for the first time for a big organization like ThinkDigital, the lessons I learn on dealing with tough tasks and stretching deadlines are invaluable. It is yet another thing that this apprenticeship program offers to my skillset. Every day I feel more confident that when this program ends, I will be ready to take the next step. Yes, I did step out of my comfort zone and I loved it!

What about your transition into the ‘real world’? How did you manage to enter successfully in the corporate environment?

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