I spend some of my free time on WSO browsing the different forums and reading other people's success stories.

I am always motivated to do something better with myself, but I know it's not always so easy. Success is sometimes in 1 day or more than 365 days. Usually the latter.

So I decided to document my year in this banking industry as a MO analyst transitioning to FO (hopefully by Septmber 2017).

So far the journey has been tough and the learning curve steep as fuck. Especially because it is not always easy to hang up your sensitivity to the bullshit. It's a cut throat industry, I can feel it and the knife hasn't even pierced my throat.

So I encourage you to follow my journey throughout the year as I document my lessons learned (ad hoc). Add your input, feel free to document your own.

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Day 03: I was feeling quite down about my slow intergration into my new team. Yes, I don't fit in so well, yes I don't really enjoy the work but no way was I going to allow myself to fall into a depression over a team I won't be in in 6-7 weeks time.

So, another day with very little or nothing to do I felt like crap. My line manager had nothing for me. You can understand my frustration.

You know what I did? I quit feeling sorry for myself and sent an email around to everyone in the office asking for work and offered my help if needed.

I was proactive. No responses yet but at least now I know I've tried and won't feel so bad for doing excel training instead of starring blankly at my screen.

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Day 10: Good people don't mind helping others, No matter how senior they are. Good people see beyond the title.


Day 11: Yesterday my manager told me how happy she was with me.
I was surprised, she was confused, but my surprise reaction was because my last team told me everyday I was shit.
That team was crucial and much needed for my personal development. Prior to joining banking I was soft, fluffy and naive. Vulnerable to some degree.
People in banking are cold and for the most part don't give a shit about you - just what you produce. And I wasn't producing enough or to their standards, consistently. Nonetheless, the manager was unfit and a "bully boss". I moved on.

Anyway, today my overproductivity caused me NOT to really read the details of a request. So while the task is 1 month ahead of schedule because of me, I should have read what the task specifically asked for or required.

Moral of the story:

It's ok to go the extra mile but don't forget the actual miles you're supposed to drive through/to.

Pay attention to detail and what is being asked for or requested. Otherwise you come across as sloppy, careless and unreliable. All the things I don't want to be known for.

So in the words of my last manger "don't rush, take your time".


Day 12: Sometimes you just have to be quiet, observant and push through. Everything is a means to an end. Just make sure you know what your end is and that your means are headed towards it.

Whether you're in BO, MO or FO work gets boring or even draining. BUT allow your commitment to the wider picture help you to push through.

It's all you really have.

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