When I started university, I was the youngest one in class.
All other classmates had a pre-education in Engineering and thus, were 4 years older and smarter than me.
The teachers gradually adjusted their teaching style to a bit more advanced.
It was hard for me to keep up. I had to study a lot more and harder than the others.
The basics of Engineering, which they had in their previous education, I was simply missing.
Now, you won’t always be the youngest one.
Yet, I am 27 and so far have always been one of the juniors.
When I would start a job, I would sit down with a couple of senior colleagues whom I’d been working with closely.
There is me, sitting in my fancy clothing and note book, trying to make a good first impression.
There is them, looking bored, because they might have done this 15 billion times.
They start throwing difficult terms and company abbreviations at me. The things you don’t learn at school.
I nod a few times, like I understand it, but my face expression remains confused.
Their “You’re wasting my time” look makes me even more nervous.
After the meeting, I have learned absolutely nothing.
One year later.
I perform my task as I have been addressed with. I complete them in an efficient way, but I have no clue what they are used for, what the bigger purpose is.
“You don’t need to”, I’ve been told, “the senior colleagues will take care of that”.
Anger started boiling up inside of me.
Who was wasting whom’s time actually?
They blame it on the youth’s ability.
You know what? I blame it on the Management’s supervision.
The only thing that I did “wrong” was not asking for the basics.
And not saying:
“Why don’t you explain me this like I’m a six year old.”