5 ways to be a fast learner in your first job

A first job can be easily turned into a springboard leading to a smooth career journey. But in case of bad planning, it can be a complete disaster. For those who are just about to step into their first job, here are a few tips to handle it well. ET’s Prachi Verma Dadhwal offers 5 ways to be fast learner in your first job.
1. Identify a role model
It is best to observe everyone around in the organisation and pick a role model. This would make the transition easy. But be sure to identify the right role model. “Find a role model who is successful in the organisation and understands what makes him or her successful,” said Sriram Vaidyanathan, chief human resource officer of BankBazaar.

2. Clear doubts
Do not hesitate to ask questions. “Ask, ask, ask a lot of questions,” said Sana Nayyar, HR-head at UrbanClap. But one must be careful in terms of timing of questions and content. Queries should all be targeted towards learning. Meaningless questions can put off all around you. “Best to ask questions that would help you learn,” said Vaidyanathan.

3. Constant feedback
It is always best to know your performance in short intervals, and feedbacks can help in giving clarity. “It is essential to ask for feedback frequently to course correct,” said Vaidyanathan of BankBazaar. Nayyar also suggests newbies to reach out to people for clarity.

4. Get the big picture

It is best to first understand your role, and the objectives of your team and organisation. It would be a cakewalk once you are able to define and lay out objectives for all these (self, team and organisation). “It is best to first understand your role in the big picture,” said Vaidyanathan. “Try to understand what your company or team is trying to achieve and what is your role in this,” said Nayyar.
5. Be positive and present
Don’t give up even once. It is only those who are persistent get it right. “Keep a positive attitude as this would make the learning easier and faster,” said Vaidyanathan, while Nayyar suggested, “Be prepared and be present. Garner an awareness before picking your projects, skill sets, etc.”

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