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As part of #bringyourkidstowork day I went to work with my dad. He works with the MacRAE’s Marketing team in Mississauga and I was able to follow in his footsteps throughout the day.
If I know one thing, nothing they teach you in grade nine prepares you for an office job.
My classes at school are an hour and a half long and I move around four floors in the course of one day. My dad on the other hand, has seated sessions at his desk that last as long as his next meeting or even lunch. So the differences allowed me to learn a lot more, just like high school differs from middle school, and middle school from elementary school.
When we arrived at work around 9:00am my dad introduced me to the office and the people inside. I could tell that the environment of the office was very professional and everyone knew exactly what to do.
Over the course of the day I became more familiar with the work habits my father and his co-workers have adjusted to. This includes phone calls, meetings, analyzing and the occasional coffee/bathroom break. Everyone in the space is extremely friendly and I felt completely comfortable being here today (not just because of the comfy chairs).
Your work space is just like a high school desk, except it is a combination of desk, locker and your work is being influenced on what progress you did the day before. So basically, I figure that working in an office takes a lot of independent work and initiative. Now that I think about it, an office job relates to a lot of things I learned in grade nine…
I sat in on two of my dad’s meetings. During the meetings, my dad discussed the progress of the sales/agreements that his co-workers have been working on. I was given a sheet to follow along and I noticed the different categories that their work is split in to; renewal sales, up-sales and new sales. I was able to further understand the process of sales and marketing by overseeing these interviews. As well, I was able to know the values of each sale and what should be expected from a certain type/size of product.
Now that I’ve experienced a day in the office, I know that concentration needs to be kept throughout the whole day because the quality of your work is the most important thing. As well, I see that taking the initiative to ask questions and understand a problem more clearly is important for you to improve from day to day.