Having just switched into a new role at work, I’m keenly aware of the various stages of learning that I’m progressing through. I think it can be broken down into three stages:
- What? I look at this list of things you want me to do and I have no idea what any of them even mean.
- How? Ok, now I understand what you’re talking about but I don’t know how to make progress on these tasks.
- Why? I’m a productive member of the team, but I don’t really understand the history and philosophy of why we’re doing these tasks.
I’d say with my job right now I’m generally in stage 3 (though there are some areas where I’m still borderline 1/2.) Jumping into a brand new group is disconcerting, but it sure feels good to learn new stuff!