3 things I’ve learned in 6 months at my graduate job
So here are 3 things I have learned in the past six months (I have actually learnt a few more things than these three but I didn't want to ramble bore you)
So here are 3 things I have learned in the past six months (I have actually learnt a few more things than these three but I didn’t want to ramble bore you)
1. A lot of lingo!
When I first started at Advice Cloud although I could tell you a lot about structural functionalism and anomie (thank you anthropology degree!) I wouldn’t have been able to tell you a thing about elastic cloud or AWS, I could’ve made some educated guesses. Now I have a much better grasp over these, and I’m still learning new terms every week (last week was KPI, key performance indicator). So not only have I learnt a great deal about cloud practices I’ve also developed my knowledge surrounding business terms like: RoI, Funnel, and pipeline, which I would never have been able to guess.
2. How to trick myself into being focused
This isn’t necessarily a huge issue but I’m sure it’s not just me that has the odd day where you just cannot focus and your brain refuses to cooperate and after 5 minutes on any task resolutely wanders off. A technique I’ve picked up is the “Pomodoro” method, essentially you have 25 minutes of pure concentration followed by 5 minutes to ‘break’ (I tend to use this time on simple admin tasks like sorting emails/files) then after four cycles you take a slightly longer break, they suggest 20 mins. I find this really useful in breaking up my day into achievable tasks which makes me feel more accomplished come 5 o’clock. Plus 30 minutes is a whole lot less intimidating than 8 hours.
3. A huge breadth of processes
Again this is twofold (and pretty similar to point one,) as my understanding has grown from nothing, in both general business and also within public procurement. Before starting at Advice Cloud 6 months ago I wouldn’t have been able to describe what G-Cloud was let alone how it worked. Now having gone through one iteration of G-Cloud (soon to be two) as well as Digital Outcomes and Specialists I’ve got a solid understanding of tender processes and the functionalities of frameworks.
I hadn’t realised how much I had learnt until I began writing this post and directly comparing the Kate that started working for Advice Cloud in August and the Kate that turned up for work today. Something else I’ve noticed is that my confidence has matured, I think this has come with better knowledge. It was quite fun looking at the progress I’ve made in a comparatively short period of time.