I’ve been thinking about a story where someone helped me out and picked my work BFF, Joon, a senior designer with 10 years of experience, as the most influential person at m company. Since I am only a rookie, Joon helped me a lot to adjust to my work. She has helped me with little things and more serious issues as well. As an example of a little thing, Joon let me know how to request approval (결재) from a supervisor or what kind of processes I have to go through for contracting out projects. These can seem trivial but they are important because a big company like Samsung has hundreds of internal systems and, unfortunately, there is no master guideline document about what kind of systems/rules I have to follow.
As for more serious issues, last year I worked with one VERY strict, meticulous person who is a senior designer. Obviously, I was lucky to work with someone who works so diligently, but on the other side, as a novice, it was quite hard for me to work with her. She asked me to manage the outsourcing agency in Boston. I did everything from writing legal documents in English to emailing them about feedback on their research outcomes. I was even sent to Boston ALONE for a business trip and it was only seven months after I started my first job. I was so worried that I would mess something up because I didn’t know a single thing about managing an agency. I drove myself crazy trying to do every single thing right. During that time Joon really helped me out. She told me that it is very rare that a new hire does outsourcing management by themselves and she also said that I didn’t need to feel guilty or excessively pressured. Before Joon said this, I didn’t know the situation was exceptional because I had no experience. Looking back, I was lucky that they trusted me so much and let me get so much practical experience that quickly.
This isn’t a story about someone helping me to get hired, but rather how important it is to find someone who can help you after you get a job. They will help you become more confident, or at least less negative, after you work with them.