It has been a while but, I was just getting myself together for the beginning of the school year. I have to say that I already love my students. I have learned a lot about working as part of a team and dealing with issues in the work environment. Although it is only the beginning of the school year, both my colleagues and I are super stressed. Trust us, it is not the kids but the system in which we have to work within. Anyway, I have some tips that maybe everyone can use if they are working for someone else and not self-employed.
1. Do your job! Although, this may sound simple, it is not because sometimes after working at the same job for a while, we become complacent and slack on small things. Try not to do this because there will always be someone watching. Get your mind-set every morning to come in and do your job.
2. Confront certain issues upfront. This could save a lot of time and a lot of headaches. We are not mind readers so, if you have questions or something that you need to get off your chest, speak with a trusted individual behind closed doors.
3. Know your rights. Unfortunately, life is not fair. This one is self-explanatory.
4. Re-read your job description. Know exactly what it is that you do or are supposed to be doing.
5. Participate voluntarily in professional development and build a portfolio. This looks great to both present and future employers.
6. Get passionate about some aspect of your work so that you can stay at 100% most of the time, if not all of the time.
7. Do NOT trust everyone. You may want to feel that you and your boss/co-worker have a special connection but, that may not be the case. Sometimes your weaknesses that you share can translate into an inability to perform your job. Watch out for this one.
8. Stay out of the lounge; this could prove to be detrimental to your career unless you know exactly who will be in there at all times and when and you feel that you can trust them.
9. Build a trusted network of colleagues to vent to, share successes, and complete professional projects with.
10. Get involved in projects that your employer are working on, it can mean career-advancement fast-track!
Sometimes, you will have to take a step back and breathe. I am an optimist so even when I get down, I try not to stay down for long. But once someone at work crosses me, I take my mother’s advice and never trust them again or let them into my circle fully. This is because they have broken the bond. You never know what their motives may be. I am cordial, professional, but no fool.
Stay wise, stay employed, stay happy. Remember there are kids and households to support.