Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer
nice_cup_of_tea

Lessons from the world of work

I've been thinking a lot recently about work and what I've learnt in the nearly 3 months I've been at cs. I've had to really learn to SLOW DOWN! The pace of work in the team is slower, but much more precise and perfect than what I've experienced in London. In the last past couple of weeks I've found myself making a few careless mistakes or typos ("Fluchtigkseitsfehler", literally speed errors in German) that make me want to cringe (ie correct date, but wrong day) - and I'm sure that didn't happen in other jobs. Or maybe it did and I'm only noticing it now because of doing things in a different workplace and culture. I really like the fact that everyone in the team checks each other's work, especially emails that are going out to a large number of people.

I have to learn to slow down in two important ways:

Firstly, I need to accept that it is going to take me some time to really learn the business and to learn the banking knowledge. This is not going to happen overnight, and I have to be patient. Similarly, my language skills will also continue to improve over time.

Secondly, I need to understand that working at a frenetic pace just isn't the swiss way. I have to be really careful about checking my work before hitting send! This slowing down will also help me regulate my tendency to get stressed.
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