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What is the toughest part of your job?

I am a hard worker who likes to work at my own pace but I can work with challenges but since I have issues with getting my ideas across with other people. I'm great at adapting to new things and I love art, writing and any type of job that allows me to be able to express my thoughts in a non-judgement environment. #artist #communication #journalism#creative

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Melissa’s Answer

The toughest part of many jobs I've held is staying adaptable. Each job poses new challenges that you'll have to overcome. In my field, which is very subjective, something that worked for one project might not for another. So you're constantly having to start from the beginning. Another key piece of adaptability is working with different people and adjusting your communication style to best collaborate and progress.

Being in a subjective field, such as design, one of the hardest things I've had to learn is not to take feedback personally. The feedback is provided to help get the desired the outcome of a project, not to attack someone's feelings or hard work. Some people have different ways of communicating and receiving feedback. When people are comfortable around you, they tend not to mince words, but that can be overwhelming in a professional environment. Find out what works best for you.
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Jessica’s Answer

The toughest part of my job is managing proper expectations. Everything seems to always be critical and needing to be fixed ASAP, it's up to me to prioritize what is truly crucial and what can come next. When this happens I try not to feel overwhelmed and take a step back to assess what is the best plan of action. It helps me to write things down, generally describing each issue - then step away to grab a drink for a second and come back to look at my notes. I then make a list from most important to least and get it done.

Jessica recommends the following next steps:

If you're struggling to get your point across you can always take a step back at first, reiterate the issue then state your opinion. From there I would compare what you said to what their opinion was and figure out where the underlying issue is. Looking at a problem from two perspectives is always better than one. Good luck!
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Angela’s Answer

Hi Nashaela, I work in compliance in the financial services industry. In my experience, the toughest part of the job is responding to time sensitive matters. Another challenge that's come up is dealing with multiple issues at the same time. With practice, thinking on your feet becomes a bit easier.

In order to be successful, I've found that creating to-do lists to help manage the requests and projects, multi-tasking, and prioritizing help keep things at bay.
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Sharhonda’s Answer

The toughest part of my job is conveying difficult information- sometimes its information that will cost someone their job. Instead of pointing the finger at one person I demonstrate how their actions are indicative of a larger, systemic issue. Once we understand this we can treat the disease not just the symptoms.
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Matthew’s Answer

The toughest part of my job is separating myself from it. I often find myself working non-stop, even on my days off, I will be checking emails or thinking about what I am going to do on Monday.

Finding another hobby was the best way for me to let go of work, and too destress.
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Sonia’s Answer

I think the most important thing to know is that everyone has tough parts of their job!!

And it sounds like you already have the best idea which is finding things to counter balance the areas that you find a challenge.

For me the toughest parts of my job are feeling like I am letting people down if I can't deliver against their expectations.
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Sean’s Answer

Hi Nashaela,

I'm a tax accountant and in my first year of being a full-time professional. With that said, the toughest part of my job is probably balancing the need to improve technical capabilities with the need to improve technological skills.

As an accountant, it's very important to have good technical skills. This produces better work which in turn produces a better, more efficient client deliverable. But there is also a huge push from my firm (any most of the industry) on the development of technological capabilities to assist in client engagements. I use several automations and bots such as Alteryx and UiPath and find them very helpful. But there is so much to learn, and with the strong desire to produce a large amount of great quality client work, finding time to balance my development in both areas is very difficult.

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Gina’s Answer

I'm in outside sales-- I feel the most difficult part of my job is handling rejection. I don't have a problem hearing "no", but when it happens repetitively it's easy to lose focus and hard to get your confidence back going again. To conquer that feeling I like to regroup and surround myself with positive coworkers-- those who can empathize and share my vibe. Feel I do a good job of supporting them as well. Team effort can go a long way.
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Maria Fernanda’s Answer

Every work has their own challenges, for some would be adapting to new tools or process. For others, new team members, etc.
The key is to stay focus into what is you goal, get the most of your job and enjoy what you are doing, learn from others and mentor new people.
One of the things i notice during my career is the toughest part is disagreeing with the customer and this is because normally we don´t know how to say no and why we think is not a good call.
My recommendation would be to work a lot with your non verbal communication and soft skills to help you address all these situations.
And always have an action plan and provide options if needed and applies.
Most of the escalations or why people get mad is because we didn't set the correct expectations from the beginning.
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