Responsibilities

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

Throughout out lives we’re thrust into positions of responsibility. Whether it be small or big we have duties to others as we’re pushed up in the hierarchy of society!

From baby sitting your little brother, to making sure your assignments are submitted on time, you are trusted.

 


 

What roles of responsibility have I been faced in the last few years?

  • To start with, living away from home at university left me with the responsibility of looking after myself. Now, for an 18 year old that is some feat. However, adaptability was so important as well as confidence. When we’re put into a new situation if we are unable to adapt then unfortunately our chances are limited…a bit like evolution (loosely).
  • Not having your parents around to tell you to ‘do your homework’ can be tricky for some who need a bit more of a push or guidance. At university you do not have anyone on your case (maybe your tutors), but the whole new environment is supposed to treat us like adults and allow us to learn how to do pretty much everything ourselves. The best thing about it though….we get to do it alongside thousands of other people our age and most importantly, our friends.
  • Today I am given a huge responsibility. One that affects lives. Today I am trusted with drawing and constructing drawings for buildings. For someone who has limited experience it’s very scary to be honest. However, being thrown into the deep end and being in charge of my own job has been life changing and eye opening for me.

 

How did I adapt to a new living environment? Understanding that everyone would be nervous I put on a false sense of confidence and started mingling with my new flat mates to which we are still close to this day. Not everyone is so lucky when it comes to something like this, but putting yourself out there and meeting all sorts of new people is a huge life skill and part of a milestone in a young persons life. Whether that be an university, starting a new job, moving to a new area, it still applies.

How did I adapt my organisation skills? Well, I’m still a bit all over the place…but I’m trying okay. When it comes to assignments, you just sort of do it…I know that’s not very helpful, but it’s true. You chose to do this, so it’s up to you to get the grades you need for your future. Balancing work and social life was the hardest part for me. When you have so much free time obviously you’re meant to be studying, but it’s so tempting to just go to the pub for a few hours or go to your mates house next door to play Fifa. Finding that balance is key not only in university, but anything really. I feel like I’m nearly there and hopefully by the time I return I’ll be an even more well rounded adult (laughs internally).

How have I dealt with the responsibility in my job? To be honest, I’m still scared to make a mistake, but how else do we learn? Since being the head of my own building construction I have learnt so many new skills. I thought I was competent with simply speaking to people on the phone or by email, but when in this context you really have to know what you’re doing. At the beginning of my placement I felt like I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t going to be good enough. Now, I’m more confident than ever and cannot wait to push myself in the future!


 

Moral: You have to trust yourself before you can let others trust you!

 

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Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

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Happy Tuesday everyone! (not that there’s anything to be happy about on a Tuesday).

Anyway…today I’ve had another bright idea for my fancy notebook. On my way into work this morning  I was thinking how great it would be to show my kids in the future this notebook and see how much I have achieved between now and then, (hopefully a lot of it).

Why is it so important to write things down? Reflection…simple. If we aren’t able to look back at our goals and see what we need to improve or do to achieve them then how will we succeed? 

For me, my organisation skills were a bit scarce and I quite often would start something and quit half way through (anyone else?). I don’t actually know why, maybe I get bored easily, maybe these ideas weren’t meant to be or maybe I just wasn’t good enough at the time. However, since starting my work placement, I feel like I have acquired new life skills and technical skills within my job which is an achievement in itself. Before this year I hadn’t really thought about achieving anything outside of a 9-5 job. Before this year I had never looked at what my full potential could be if I really put in 100%. Most of all, before this year I have never owned a personal notebook. I treat this notebook like my phone (sad I know), but if I don’t then I’ll revert to my old ways and to me, that is key!

Moral: Always think about the future by thinking about the past.