Looking back, here are some of the most significant lessons I’ve learned after a year of being a manager, all of which were written progressively, with myself coming back to this draft now and then whenever I’d reach a ‘breakthrough’ at work.
Kindness to yourself in the midst of hard work is a balance we often overlook.
Making sure your manager knows how to actually manage people is one thing, but sharing that responsibility to manage yourself is equally as important.
To be honest, our purpose is never clearly defined until we start to ask the question while finding our way around others. The realisation slowly sets in that it’s a big world full of other people once we start interacting with what’s around us. In that sense, we do not live for ourselves; we do not live today to die tomorrow without knowing others, going places, and being curious about new things.
My 2017 was filled with chances, failures, breakdowns, and a whole lot of trying to keep everything upright. But the best part of it was that I’m still here a year later.
My career hasn’t been the most linear, starting from the misalignment of the university degree I chose to finish and the profession I really want to embark on in the long run. Here’s a little story about where I’ve been and what I’ve learned along the way.