5 Things I’ve Learned Working At SafePak Corporation
As a recent graduate, I didn’t really know what to expect from my first “real” writing gig, but working at SafePak has been challenging and illuminating since my first day. Gathering the knowledge required to write about our deposit security and asset management products was rewarding in itself, but the most important things I’ve learned here are not exclusive to our industry.
Instead, I think about the principles that I’ve discovered are necessary to succeed within one’s work, all of which I have personally witnessed succeed at SafePak. Understanding these tenets ensures an enjoyment of hard work, that daily operations continue smoothly, and that fresh opportunities and relationships are produced on a regular basis.
1. You alone decide your value to your company
It’s nice to know that my future at SafePak Corporation is under my own control, and always has been. I would guess it’s the same for any business: one’s standing within a company depends on the decision to make themselves an asset to their employers, and their investment in the steps it takes to do so. Do your homework and research -become an authority on the specifics of your industry. Voice your appreciation of the responsibility given to you, and make apparent what you use it to accomplish. Be on time. Absorb as many new skills as possible, and be certain of the importance of any skills you may already possess. Which leads me to my next realization…
2. Trust your instincts and personal experience
A new job can be overwhelming, especially when entering an unfamiliar industry for the first time. It was for me, and sometimes still is. I mitigate this occasional discomfort by relying on the instincts gained from my experience as a student, an employee, and an individual. Trusting these instincts has allowed me to tackle intimidating concepts with confidence, to accept and succeed at tasks that are way over my head, and to know that my future value at SafePak is secure. When it’s time to get down to work, I do what feels natural. Although…
3. Doing good work is hard
It really is. Good work demands dedication and thoughtfulness. It’s the reason why finally throwing your feet up at the end of a good day is so necessary. It takes a healthy energy supply, long amounts of time spent on one task, and most importantly, the ability to accept failure, regroup your thoughts, and try again. Good work is draining, but obviously worth it once you begin to reap the benefits of your efforts, professionally and otherwise. I think it is critical to remember that no amount of hard work is ever wasted: no matter how dire circumstances may seem, how quickly a deadline is approaching, how disappointing a failure may be, there is knowledge to be gained from any spent effort, even if your success has not yet exceeded your own expectations.
4. Business relationships are built from shared convictions
Having little experience in “Corporate America”, I assumed the world of business would be a cold, impersonal place. Within some companies it probably is. However, from my time at SafePak, reality seems to suggest otherwise. There are always multiple individuals behind every policy, every deadline, and every statistic. Rarely is a decision made without a thorough and thoughtful exchange between all parties involved. To me, this brings with it a sense of commitment and camaraderie -a sense that can sometimes even exist between competing companies. That is: everyone stands to gain the most from abundant communication, working in unison with each other, and sharing this very understanding.