- What am I good at in my career?
I am a food scientist/technologist, and I am good at processing beverages and baked goods. I enjoy making beverages like fresh juice, yogurt, and shakes. I also take baking as a passion, and I tend to try baking new things every time.
- What do I feel that I will never be good at?
I feel I will never be good at mineral analysis of food and checking for their counter effects. I struggled with this while in school, and when I was doing my project, I had to seek help from a classmate. Through this struggle, I feel that mineral analysis of food kind of intimidates me. I tell myself that if I open a food company one day, I will have to look for an employee who has excellent experience checking for mineral analysis in food.
- What was I not good at but became good at with time?
I was not very good at checking the endpoint of food processes. Sometimes I would exceed the time limit, and other times I would stop the process when the time was not yet. I had to practice the indicators of food processing endpoints, and I have become good with time. I noticed that without master endpoints points, I would make products that are not consistent in quality, which would look bad for a company. Hence I took the initiative to practice, and now I am confident about checking for various endpoints of food processes.
- How do I act towards others in my workplace?
It is essential I develop a teamwork spirit; hence I remind myself to always collaborate with everyone. People have different believes and values, and I tend to respect their boundaries. I also try my best to set boundaries with my colleagues to help in promoting a healthy work environment. I also have conversations with my fellow workmates and ensure we address any issues that we come across together. Lastly, I tend to appreciate the efforts of my fellow team players since I believe it calls for patience and commitment to work together.
- Are there colleagues who are more open to talking about challenges or one who shies away from challenges?
Most of my colleagues share when they have challenges; it is only one who shies away from sharing challenges.
- What have I told myself about their behavior?
I have told myself that it is essential to respect the belief of my colleagues since that is what helps in growing a healthy working environment. Also, I have told myself that it is wise to brainstorm with people who air their challenges to provide sustainable solutions. For the person who shies away from talking about challenges, I have felt that I need to create a trusting environment to make them more comfortable to share the challenges they are facing. I have felt that it is not suitable for individuals to hold their challenges since we can work to solve them. On the other hand, I feel that everyone has the right to share what they are struggling with or not. Hence when dealing with these two sets of people, I am mindful of the tone I use to avoid offending them, and I tend to give them time to air their issues before I can give my opinion.