During my first couple of weeks, there have been a lot of aspects that are new experiences for me. I have found that lessons read in our book by Alexandra Levit and other readings regarding generational relationships, have been front-and-center.
I am the youngest worker in the office. Most of the people I work with are Gen X or older. I have to admit, during my first week I was a little intimidated. I have made sure to show up early, communicate clearly and ask questions when I needed the assistance. At a non-profit, I understand that time is valuable, so I try to self-administer new skills where I can.
This has helped me teach myself new programs and platforms that the organization uses. One of my tasks has been to post a lot of written content for the blog and website. I have never used the blog or social media platform they use at this organization. I have worked hard to familiarize myself with
the programs so that I can post content in a timely manner. (Check out the social media platform HootSuite, pretty cool). Because I am doing the things I enjoy, and I am passionate about non-profit work, I look forward to walking in the front doors each day.
All in all, my experience has been a pleasant one. I think it is making me a stronger professional, especially working with individuals that are much older than myself.
by Desirae MacGillivray