When I was a kid, my dad would watch Jeopardy after work and it was like he knew every answer. I often wondered how he just knew everything.
And as I get older, I see all these people around me who are so smart and filled with knowledge, and I wonder how they know so much.
When I was introduced into the corporate world, I was 22 and bright-eyed and had no freaking idea what I was doing. I started with an internship because I had very little confidence in trying to find a job in the communications field when I felt like I knew nothing about it. I thought an internship would teach me, and it did.
It gave me the confidence to go into my first real job. There were not a lot of growth opportunities, but there was a general understanding that I was new and would need to be taught.
That general understanding followed me into my next job, but when I got my promotion it all seemed to disappear. I was used to people wanting to help me, teach me, but when I took my next position people wanted results and they wanted them fast. It felt unfair to me because when you step into a new role, it’s just that, it’s new. You can’t apply everything you’ve learned over the past few years and just expect them to fit the same way somewhere else.
As I get even older, I wonder when people stop wanting to teach you and start wanting you to know everything.
It’s intimidating to me because even though I continue to seek learning opportunities for myself, it’s really not the same as someone giving you their knowledge and experience. One day I will be the one making decisions, knowing everything, and not having anyone to teach me. I’m not sure how I feel about it.