I’ve been at my “new” job for about two and a half months now. I keep hesitating to post more about still learning said job, because admitting that I don’t have it down perfectly yet might make me sound like a total moron.
The reason I feel like I’m still learning is that I don’t consider keeping the learning center afloat to be the full extent of my job. Of course I can do the basics – that’s why they hired me. And of course I consider it my responsibiltiy to go beyond the basics – that’s also why they hired me. Getting from Monday to Tuesday isn’t enough.
A post on Lifehacker caught my eye today. The picture of the little pyramid schematic they posted (which I re-posted) with regards to professional development said exactly what I’ve been trying to avoid using 3,000 words to describe. It’s describing my learning process really well. First I had to focus on the essentials, the air, food, and water. No problem, but for a while it was all I could do. Then the big picture started to become clearer and clearer to me and I could start doing more and more “beyond survival” essentials. From that big picture sense of my job, I could see what skills I needed to hone to do more of exactly what the learning center needs. Right now I’m working on those skills, slowly but surely.
I don’t know, “Professional Development” always sounds to me like “Semi-relevant classes and conferences you can attend on work hours.” In the past it’s felt like a way to stretch my job into something more interesting. In this case, my job is stretching me, and it’s lovely!