I graduated from college a little over 3 years ago. When I think about the person I was when I started my internship, it makes hard for me to believe I have come as far as I have. Most of the personal development I have had the last several years has come directly from the office. The lesions I have learned have helped me become a better husband and father. I want to talk about a few of the essential principles that have helped me grow into the person I am today.
Importance of Mentors
I first started my professional career with an internship at Utah Valley University. I was majoring in marketing but had no real hands on experience. I was lucky enough to score a job with an online marketing company. At the time, I didn’t know the first thing about using the Internet to marketing to people. The company only had the 3 owners and 2 interns. I would come in everyday and work my hardest on the tasks I was assigned. I learned quickly that if I put my nose to the grindstone and had a good attitude, one of the owners would give me a little bit of one on one training. This principle has stuck with me ever since. If you work hard for people, they are much more inclined to mentor you with their knowledge. This principle of hard work is definitely something I will pass on to my children.
After I finished my internship and graduated college, I got a job as a marketing analyst. This was my first real professional job, and I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily, my manager was a fantastic leader that had a lot of experience with team development. One of the most important lesions I learned from him was leading by example. The company where I worked had a lot of upper level VP and Director guys that didn’t really add that much value. My manager, who later became the COO, would come to work every day and make a real difference. This attitude of putting your best foot forward gave him the respect from everyone in the company
After spending 3 years and getting promoted several times, I have recently taken a job with a new company. We provide an enterprise level solution for survey software. When looking at taking the job, I saw an amazing opportunity to make a significant difference. I have only been here for 2 months, but am already starting to broaden my responsibilities. This has taught me that when you are lucky enough to have a good opportunity, you need to seize it as fast as possible.
All of the things I have learned at work have made me into the person I am today. I feel like I am much more capable of raising a fantastic family and being a contributing member of society.