There is too much yawn-inducing advice on the internet when it comes to the workplace but these may be a little less generic as they emerged more organically and I am glad I noted some of them down.

  • Don’t mistake hardwork for good work.
  • Don’t avoid specialisation. The ideal is the “T” shape. Sufficient context(breadth) and depth.
  • Too much work is a happy problem. The problem is when nobody wants to work with you.
  • Don’t be discouraged for lack of transition, sometimes it comes down to political will. Nothing you do will ever be wasted. Keep a record of what happened, what should have happened and how did it go wrong.
  • Don’t play games. It just wastes everyones times.
  • The most important skill to have is problem-solving.
  • Don’t waste time worrying about the performance appraisal, really, ruminating over one cycle is sufficient to understand it, and ruminating over two cycles is too much.
  • Anything can be done with enough time and effort. But life is short, so don’t forget to take stock.
  • Always try to apply what u learnt. You need to stop and internalise this knowledge in order to act on it.
  • I don’t know, you don’t know, that’s fine - we’ll learn together.
  • Always be closing.