Welcome to the third installment of “Ask Adrian Anything!” This is intended to give our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with our intern, Adrian, about his experiences in the workplace. It will be conducted in an interview format with Benjamin asking the questions provided by you, our readers!
Benjamin: What kind of work did you want and why did you want to work?
Adrian: I have always been told by friends and family that I am very helpful, so when it came time to look for a job, I figured something in the customer service side of things would work. Working at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, gave me the chance to see how I could do in that particular side of the working world. I liked working at the Gardens and when my time there was drawing to a close, I figured it would be tough to find something as good as that.
Well, I tried many things and after realizing customer service would not work directly, I thought it could be indirectly applied. I guess that is also why I want to work because I am very helpful and wanted to find something that I could do to help others. The Fine Line tile showroom, where I work now, actually found me. To be honest, it caught me off guard in the beginning, but I saw it through and it worked out in the end.
So it goes to show, if you don’t give up too easily, eventually you will find what you are looking for. Or it will find you, you never know.
Benjamin: What is the best thing you feel about going to work?
Adrian: When I started at the Fine Line, on the very first day, it was weird in a good way for me to say, “I have to go to work”. For a while it was still weird to say it, but after a while the feeling washed away.
For me, the best part about going to work at the start was the sense of being apart of the working world. It’s still a good feeling, however, now I’ve added the feeling of mystery. When working in a big city like Chicago, there is always mystery. You never know what could happen, so if you have an element of mystery, it makes working in a large city more fun. Personally, I find life more interesting with an element of mystery.
Benjamin: How do you communicate with your boss?
Adrian: When the day starts, I usually ask if there is anything I’m needed to do right off the bat. Just to make sure if there is anything new or more important to take care of first. If there is nothing, then if I was working on something the previous day, I will continue to do that. Since there is usually always something to do, I am usually busy. Which is good because it helps the day move along.
I work well with both written and verbal instruction, which means I can remember certain things. If there is a long list, then I would like to have a list so I can not only remember, but it helps so I can organize if something is more important than something else. I usually talk with my boss or other people I work with and find out which task is more important then go from there.
This blog was written by Adrian, one of our No Boundaries participants. NO BOUNDARIES – Train for Work, Train for Life, a Search, Inc. enterprise, is a “first-of-its-kind” experiential on-land and on-line workplace training center for individuals with disabilities. Adrian has now become one of JJsList.com‘s interns, focusing on content development and social media.