When You First Realize You Have History

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Katherine Razzi

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

For the first few years of being fresh in the workforce, you are gathering all kinds of experience. Not only are you acquiring actual work experience while garnering a paycheck, you’re learning how to organize your time and how to deal with coworkers and clients. Meanwhile, you’ll be judged, sized-up, and oftentimes criticized (gently or harshly), not only by your manager, but by your coworkers as well.

If we are lucky to live long enough, we acquire our own history. In my personal view, this “history” I speak of is usually a self-enlightening moment when you say to yourself, “Hey! I’ve been working in this field for 10 years now. I know what I’m doing. I understand what works and what doesn’t. I know this industry.”

A good 10 years – at anything – is a pretty good test of time to really feel you have solid experience. Those 10 years give a person a “rite of passage” to be able to attest to what works and what doesn’t at their job. I’m not just talking about someone with 10 years of tenure at the same company. I’m talking about work experience in any field throughout that time.

After 10 years in your field, you may start saying things like:

  • I’m not selling myself short anymore.
  • I’ve done this before and I know it works.
  • These great ideas of mine come from a lot of experience.

My point in this blog is when you have that “Ah-ha” moment and realize the experience you’ve acquired in order to throw down that trump card. You begin to build some backbone. Your confidence has finally been earned. It’s a great feeling.

Being in the work force for over 40 years now, I look at my history this way:

Year 10 – Wow, I have 10 years’ work experience.

Year 20 – Say, I have been around the block.

Year 30 – I’m confident I can do anything.

Year 40 – Move over, punk.

About Katherine Razzi

Katherine Razzi hails from the Midwest and holds a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from National-Louis University, Evanston Campus. Coursework in cultural diversity, management, organizational dynamics, morals and ethics, group interaction, and psychology.

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