A few months ago, I thought I had it all figured out. At least in terms of my career. Producing and hosting a morning show... what else could I ask for? It was my dream job.
Life then took an unexpected turn. Due to a change in management and also a job offer by another media giant, I decided to leave the job.
Not only am I working for a different channel, but I am taking on a new job title and also responsibilities.
As you may know, I LOVE new media and social media. I love this new online wave and new way of doing things.
Let me tell you what I'm doing now. The channel that I am working for will be launching a new website and my role is to write stories for the portal and to update our social media platforms. (After #twtupIM, I am organizing another #twtup for the launch of the portal! Stay tuned for that...)
It's obvious that whatever I am doing IS different than what I'm used to.
For example, as a TV Producer and Host of a lifestyle and current affairs morning show, I had to get guests for the show (with my colleagues!). As a team, we have days, weeks and months to prepare the guest list.
Now, I have fast deadline (like 30 minutes?). I remember attending a conference last weekend and I had to submit my story within the time limit to my editor. Obviously, I needed some extra time due to information overload and trying to figure the right angle.
If before, I usually interview celebrities and lifestyle personalities, now I have to call several Ministries to get quotes and responses for my story. You know how hard it is to call them? They're sometimes away in a meeting (that's what I've been told).
Things are different now. There may no longer be a camera right in front of me with cues via my earpiece like "Roll VT", "On You...", "Commercial" and the usual countdown.
I'm still learning and exploring. I'm still making mistakes and filling in the gap. I'm still pushing the boundaries and getting out of my comfort zone a step at a time.
Sometimes there is the fear of not doing a good job, the fear of making mistakes.. but I know, I AM STILL LEARNING!
I'm sure I am not alone in this journey to learn new things. Most of us go thru it not just in our careers, but in other aspects of life. Sometimes we need to leave the comfort zone to really find out our true potential and trust me, sometimes it'll surprise us to find out what we're capable of!
Are you exploring new territories as well? Are you afraid of the unknown? How are you still 'relearning'? Share your story!
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by Syafique, founder of motivationMY
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