Last week I went on my first business trip. As could be expected, I was a little scared but mostly just excited. I was the most junior person on the team, and realized quickly that I could make a difference even with my limited experience. Here’s what I learned:
- Over prepare. If there’s even the smallest possibility that you might need that digital recorder, take it. You never know!
- Be prepared to be flexible. You’re probably not going to know where you’re needed in the next 15 minutes, let alone the next hour. Take cues from your environment and find a way to be useful even if things aren’t going exactly according to plan. Believe me, usually they don’t.
- Always take copious notes. Your pen and paper are your best friends. Attached at the hip. Enough said.
- Your point of view is important. Even though you don’t always have experience on your side, sometimes you can bring something new to the table, such as refreshing insight and thinking outside the proverbial box.
- Never say no. If there’s something you can do without dying, do it. Don’t say no if you have the power to be helpful.
That’s my round-up of tips from this past whirlwind of a week. Do you agree with these tips? What would you add?
Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.