At college, I took a job questionnaire; 100 statements to pinpoint my future career. The results…
Joint first place: Window Dresser & Trade Union Representative!
This baffled me for years! How could I be destined for two jobs so opposite to each other? 20 years in L&D later & I have the answer... It's not about the job title, it's about the attributes.
I am a Window Dresser! I make products enticing (learning) through visual means & engage people to consider desirable items they don't yet have. (Better outcomes etc)
I am also a Trade Union Representative! I speak up for delegates who doesn't appear to have a voice and I challenge the status quo or behaviours of others.
When starting out in training, people can be dissuaded from applying for roles because it they have fancy titles or ask for a list of essentials as long as your arm.
My advice, look beyond the title and lists, and find out what they are really after. Phone up, email, do your research and apply! (Having first tailored your application to their needs of course!) Who knows, maybe that ad for a L&D specialist is really after a, Window dressing, trade union representative with a flair for L&D!
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