The Biggest Lesson Learned In 2019
Updated: Nov 8
2019 was a year of lessons and discoveries for myself. It was a fun and exciting year but it was also a very tough and long year for me. One of the biggest lessons I learned in 2019 came from my first job out of University. Many people will learn this lesson during their lifetime, some early on like myself and some a bit later on in life.
The biggest lesson I learned in 2019 is to look out for yourself and take care of yourself in the workforce.
I worked for a startup company right after I graduated from University. I started their marketing department from the ground up and gave the company my all to ensure everything was running smoothly. This time was stressful and very fast-paced but the company loved my drive and focus on building the department which in turn made me happy and confident in myself and my work
Not everything was as it seemed, however. Although I gave the company my all, they, in turn, did not treat me the same way. As a new graduate, I wanted to keep my job, learn and grow so I continued to push only to be let go with no explanation.
This is the biggest lesson learned in 2019.
Look out for yourself because in the workforce that is what everyone else is doing. Companies want to grow and expand, increase their profits and unfortunately, some will use your skills until they decide they no longer want to pay you and so let you go.
Now, I'm not saying don't give your all, but know your limits, work your hours, get your job done and get it done well but don't overstress yourself and push yourself to where the outcomes don't outweigh the benefits.
There are people out their only looking out for themselves, give unfair wages, treat employees awfully, so why give that company your 120% efforts. Instead, look out for yourself, your health both physically and mentally and give the company your 100% effort and nothing more and nothing less. Look out for yourself, how can you expand your knowledge, how can you move up to that position you want, how can you get a raise but do no more or no less. I believe this will be the key to happiness in the workforce. It will help minimize that "being screwed over" feeling when the ball finally drops, and for some, it may never which is great but for others, it may come a time where it does.
Protect yourself, your mental health is so important, don't let it diminish while working for a company. Practice self-care and healthy habits while working. This will help you in the long run.
The biggest lesson I learned in 2019 is to look out for yourself in the workforce because no one else is. This is the best lesson I have learned and is the most helpful lesson learned. It has made me a more confident and strong person who knows their limits and protects their own interests at a job.