As an office worker, there are times where you are asked to be an expert about something that you probably don’t know too much about. The smaller the company, the more likely this is to happen.
So here are some strategies for making that particular situation work for you:
Talk to experts:
Most industries have English that is specific to that industry. The nomenclature or vocabulary that you need will be floating around you until to assimilate it all. While you are doing that, working with suppliers that are open to passing on information to you when they have a moment is one of the best ways to get knowledge from experts that is backed by years of experience. The aim is to acquire as much experience as you can in a short amount of time.
One company, Mrostop.com, offers its customers highly technical products in an online catalog. In order to make things easier for the people that order from them, they have a very informative blog that explains technical terms and equipment in ways that will allow customers to gain knowledge. From their perspective, when you read our blog you will pick up information about the industry that will help make you an expert much faster.
Join industry associations:
Although industry associations exist everywhere, getting involved with the educational arm of a group related to your industry is a pretty good way of showing your peers how good you are and how good you can be. You will also end up learning from industry experts that can provide you with information that you may not learn anywhere else. Finally, when you work with peers in an industry group, you build your network while creating conditions that make it easier for you to find a job with another company in the future because you will be more marketable.
Getting ahead in a industry that demands that you know specific technical data that isn’t normally taught in schools can be a challenge. If you keep your eyes open and work with your suppliers, your peers, and experts in your industry, you should be able to shorten the learning curve enough so that you can be effective in your role.