You Can’t Learn it All

Exactly two years ago today, I was scared out of my mind.

It was my first day at EXL Landa, formally Landacorp, and the beginning of my career. I remember walking through the parking lot on that foggy February morning and then entering through the large glass doors 10 minutes early, looking slightly overdressed (just in case) and not knowing what to expect.

The day was a flurry of acronyms, protocols, new faces and tons of information. By the end of the day, I remember coming home and sitting on the couch and thinking to myself, “How am I going to learn it all?”

Flash forward two years later and I’m managing digital marketing strategies, planning tradeshows, events and webinars, and creating marketing content. Then I was asked to join the corporate marketing team for EXL Service, who acquired Landacorp in October 2012, where I specifically focus on event planning and promotional campaigns.

I think it’s safe to say I’ve come a long way from being overwhelmed on the couch that first day. However, I’ve realize I was asking myself the wrong question.

I will never “learn it all.” What’s more important is to learn everything you can about what will make you successful in your role. Since you will probably change companies many times, it’s important to focus on learning all you can about your discipline, because you are more likely to stay in your same role rather than your same company in your career.

After only two years, I’m proud to still be in the same organization because I’ve learned a lot about marketing, and it’s provided me with a good foundation for my career. Now looking forward, the question is not ‘How will I learn it all?’ but rather, ‘How can I learn to succeed in my role.”

What have you learned? 

2 thoughts on “You Can’t Learn it All

  1. Great advise! I rememer feeling the same way the first day I arrived on the job of my dreams. 40 years later and I still learning new things.

  2. You actually can learn it all, you just don’t have to learn it all on the first day. I think everyone on a new job is overwhelmed with information on their first day, week and probably month or two, but eventually you connect all the dots and settle in. The challenge is to keep learning on the job and adapting all the while. For me, that is what keeps things interesting. As always, keen insight and great advice. Keep up the good work and don’t get scared out of your mind.

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