2020 is definitely remembered! As a beginner in the industry, you always need to learn a lot, understand, deploy and adapt. The recent transition to an almost entirely virtual existence has added an extra layer of difficulty to the career start process.
So how can you practically demonstrate excellence in your new role as a Learning and Development (L&D) specialist? Try the “CSNC rule”:
First, be confident in yourself and your abilities. When I first started my job as an instruction designer for a Fortune 500 company, I doubted I brought it to the table. It was hard for me to understand what I could offer to an experienced, balanced, skillful team of which I was now a part.
Then I realized what I could offer: myself – my different point of view; has knowledge of new strategies, techniques and design; and my ability to easily adapt to new circumstances. You can offer your team something similar: you and all the skills and knowledge you acquire. Understand that you are benefiting your team because you are a unique, educated mind that they did not have before.
Take the time to practice using technical tools related to L&D, and make an effort to improve the various areas of your role. For me, as an instructional designer, this learning process meant learning new tricks copyright funds. Whatever it looks like, put in the time and effort to perfect your craft!
The next step is drawing. Apply your training; make samples of work products using your new knowledge. Even better, use this knowledge to create a new process for your department. These exercises will not only help your team, but also demonstrate your skills and dedication. Where there is obvious devotion, there is recognition. Keep track of your work and create an aesthetically pleasing forum to showcase it, such as a website or e-portfolio.
N: The grid
Network necessary for any professional in any industry, and L&D is no exception. It’s usually pretty easy to approach someone in the office and strike up a conversation or approach a team member and suggest a collaborative project. But what happens when the office becomes your living room and your new “office colleagues” are your husband, child and Yorkshire Terrier?
Take this time as a challenge to become a virtual participant employee engagement opportunities. Check out the virtual clubs and programs that your employer can offer. Whether it’s a mentoring program, a club, or a monthly virtual hour of happy hours, join as often as possible. Take every opportunity to interact with colleagues inside and outside your department. Ask to set up introductory meetings with colleagues. Reach out to strangers, participate in your virtual workplace and make meaningful connections.
Also, arrange frequent individual registrations with your manager. Stay in touch and keep them informed of your progress, strengths and problem areas. Help them support you during this time by informing them and it will benefit your relationship and work-life balance.
Collaborating with your colleagues is vital to expanding your knowledge of your company, your new position, and your team. Conversations are always fun, but take them to the next level by working on projects with different colleagues. This gives you the opportunity not only to learn from others, but also to show your abilities and build valuable relationships with different employees in your company.
While it’s important to progress in your role, it’s also important Take care of yourself!! Set up a daily work schedule and try to stick to it. Self-fatigue should not be a professional goal; you want to love your job, not just tolerate it. (Also, your employer wants a better version of you that will be healthy and happy!)