I've learned that an education is one of the most precious gifts that is not valued enough, it is one of the only things in life that can not be taken away from you. I think that as I get older my appreciation for education will only grow. I owe a huge thank you to my parents for giving me the means, financial and emotional, for my education; I will never be able to repay them for that opportunity.
I don't like sitting in front of a computer all day. I'm extremely social, but for some reason I didn't think that it would bother me to design CAD day in and day out. I've realized I need much more social interaction to feel connected to what Im doing and accountable for doing my best.
I've learned that my job environment has more to do with job satisfaction than I would've ever imagined. Do I feel safe? Is it clean? What is the lighting like? I never would’ve guessed that this would be so important to me, but it grates my nerves daily that my workplace is severely lacking ergonomics and these basics.
Success can not be defined for me by someone else, it is deeply personal. While I thought of success in such a straightforward way before, I’ve realized I don’t consider success to always be getting the big promotion. I’ve realized success isn’t even entirely related to my job. There are a lot of ways I measure my success, but my goals are different from the next persons. And, that is ok.
I've learned that being fulfilled is worth more than spending money at the mall. I don’t discount that money is extremely important, without it we can not live. I have a sincere gratitude for the job I’ve had and the salary that has afforded me to live well. But, money is not a motivator for me. Sacrificing my free time for a bonus isn’t something that interests me. Coming from the girl that lived off of $800/month my last year of school I thought money would change everything, and while it changed a lot, Im still me (my family has a word for it… cheap). So for me, money is a way of living, not something to live for.
Im really interested to hear others' reflections on what differences others have had with their perceived values were before starting and how those evolved as they gained experience. Have you had a similar or different experience?