Take Initiative

My name is Kathleen, and I am the latest addition to the Vigilant Management Team. I am a 5th year Business Commerce student at Memorial University and I am spending my last work term with Vigilant Management. I have been working here for two and a half weeks, and there are a few things that have become quite apparent.

The gang here is very hard working and at most times are functioning at 120% capacity. That being said, as a new addition I have had a lot of questions. Thankfully, every time I’ve needed clarification, the people here have stopped whatever they are doing to help me out.

I learnt on my first work term that there are two roles that a work term student can take; the role of a student, and the role of a temporary full-time worker.

I asked a supervisor once what they were looking for when hiring a student, and he said something that has stuck with me throughout my student career: “I am looking for someone who will work like a full-time employee because this student will perform work that a full time employee would have to do. If I don’t get a student, then I will have to hire a full time person.” That concept always stuck with me because I didn’t realize that this was an ideology that existed when hiring a student.

This perspective has been relevant to all of my employment as a student and is especially relevant at Vigilant Management. The people here are very busy and the company requires a temporary full time worker who is a student. Someone who can identify issues and resolve them before they become problems.

The following article was sent to me by a friend who was given the article by a supervisor. It is especially relevant to students, but I believe it is worth the read to anyone in the workforce.

“My advice is to always work hard, take initiative and learn new things. The world is always short for people who do those things. The Business world is always looking for people who can get things done, and they will pay more for those people. Your ability to get things done depends upon how hard you work, how willing you are to take initiative, and how much you have learned.

Do a good job in your first task, even if you think those tasks are beneath you. A person who does not do a good job on the simple things will not be given more complex things to do. If you learn a little bit more than the next person every day, after a few years you will know a lot more than the next person.

If you are the type of person who works hard, takes initiative, and learns new things, you will be the first to be chosen for new jobs, the first to be promoted and the least likely to lose your job in the event of an economic downturn.

More important, you will be happier if you do those things.

There are many people in the world who look for ways to avoid work. The working day for those people is very long, and they are only given low level work to do. Life is too short to be this type of an unhappy person.

If your work hard, take initiative and learn something every day, the work day will seem very short, you will grow in your job, you will be more able to help your family.”

That is all for now, until next time.

- Kathleen