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what does your day to day work look like?

What do you need to have or need to start the day for each job?

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Steve’s Answer

In the electrical field, your work schedule can greatly vary depending on the specific industry you're involved in. For instance, construction electricians typically work either an 8-hour day for five days a week or a 10-hour day for four days a week. However, as the project nears completion and the pressure to finish increases, you may find yourself working 12-hour days, seven days a week.

On the other hand, if you're a maintenance electrician in an industrial setting, your usual schedule would be an 8-hour day for five days a week. Additionally, depending on the number of electricians on the team, you might be on call for after-hours emergencies for a week. This could mean working extra hours if equipment malfunctions.

Furthermore, your company might have periods of shutdowns and turnarounds. During these times, there could be two shifts, each working 12-hour days and nights until the plant is operational again.
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Angelina (Yun Chu)’s Answer

Hi Daniel! I hope my answer is helpful to your question. If not I am happy to clarify. I have just started working full time at my first job 2 months ago. I am starting to get into a routine on my weekdays. For a quick context, I am an associate consultant at a large firm, with flexible ways of working, which allows me to work from home/office depending on my needs/preference. When I work from home, I would usually log on to my work computer at around 8 to 8:30 in the morning. I will check my emails and chats to quickly glance at what are the new statuses on my projects, identify any todos or follow ups that I need to do for the day, and response to any immediate/urgent questions via email/chats. I will then begin planning my day by listing out the todos by priority, and start working on the items from the top of my list. Throughout the day, I will almost always received new updates/chats about new tasks or insights about my project. I will have to then adjust my todos and prioritize them accordingly. During the times where I don't have project-related tasks, I usually work on company trainings, upskilling with technical tools, and networking with my colleagues. I usually log off around 5pm, but the time does vary. I always make sure that the todos that are due by end of day are completed to close off my work computer.
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Emma’s Answer

I have a hybrid work style - some days I go into the office, while other days I enjoy the comfort of working from home. This setup provides me with great flexibility. On days when I go into the office, I wake up earlier to prepare myself for the day and for the journey downtown. However, when I am working from home, I make sure to set up my space with all of the essentials, which includes my laptop, paper and pens for note-taking, and a cup of coffee.

I think it is important to start each day with a fresh mindset and an optimistic mind. Having a great attitude can make the days go by faster and more enjoyable. I would also suggest getting adequate sleep, eating a nourishing breakfast, and drinking water throughout the day to keep your brain focused and happy.
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Dina’s Answer

Hey Daniel! Great question! I currently work in telecommunications and have been for the past 12 years. I used to work in office but post Covid, we transitioned to working from home. It was definitely an adjustment that I had to get used to in order to make sure I was as productive at home as I was in the office. I wake up at least 2 hours prior to my shift to make sure I can get a quick work out in and grab a bite to eat before heading to my computer. Once logged in, the first thing I normally do is glance through emails to see if there are any recent updates or changes and then greet all of my associates. I use my Google calendar to get my day organized and to visually see what meetings I need to attend for the day. I also schedule time for my To Do List items that I need to complete throughout the day. I often listen to calls from representatives and provide coaching and development feedback based on what I have observed. I also complete audits to make sure work is being completed appropriately. Time flies by with so many tasks to complete that I also have to remember to schedule myself breaks and lunches. I end my day between 5-6 but before I leave, I update my calendar with the next days activities so I am prepared.
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