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What are the most challenging parts of your job?

I'm always up for challenges, but I'd like to known the hardest ones before I jump headfirst in this career. #job #career

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Amy’s Answer

Hi Lailaa,

I'm in Information Technology. In my industry/career, the most challenging part has been continual learning. The things I need to know to get the job done change very frequently, so I've had to continue to find ways to learn on the job, as well as outside the work day. I've also had to learn more about how to learn without having a class; to figure out when I need classroom training, when I should take online training, when I can just shadow someone else, or read articles, etc.

Even if you are not going in to the IT industry, I would say the ability to continuously learn and improve yourself is an indispensable skill (but also often one of the most challenging).

Good luck!

Amy recommends the following next steps:

Determine how you learn best (what formats, patterns work best for you to quickly take on new skills?)
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Lailaa E. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

For me, the hardest part of my job includes being able to control my excitement in getting to learn new things. Super corny I know :)...but...I share my answer within this context. For the last 5-10 years my work and the projects I work on has been in the area of data, data analytics, data visualization and data science....sooooo lots of data. In this context of getting exposed to data, curious individuals can sometimes find themselves overwhelmed at the vastness of the data in front of them. And then there is the vastness of making sense of the data. It often takes time to be able to narrow these large streams of data and the time it takes to understand the important pieces can be a big piece of one's learning curve. I offer too that in a world where data privacy is in the top three of importance, making sure that you are interpreting data in a way that is accurate and does not expose individual privacy is also an added layer to the learning curve.

Even with these challenges, there are ways to overcome them. Most of those ways involve giving yourself time. Time to research, to understand, to ask yourself questions, to test your theories about what different data elements do and don't mean, to ask others who may have more exposure than you in different elements.

Hope you find this answer helpful and best of luck to you!
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Sharonne’s Answer

The most challenging parts for this job is time management. There are so many components to managing a project and often you are working long hours and don't have time for other activities. The other part of managing projects, depending on the industry is that you meet a lot of great folks but have to leave them to move onto the next project.

Sharonne recommends the following next steps:

Always keep a good line of communication open with the folks you meet. There may be a need to try to work with some of these folks again in your future. The folks could also lead you to your next project.
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