During my VISTA term, I learned a lot of things about myself. I felt like a knew a lot of things, but I didn’t know that there were other skills that I learn to make my service year better. Before, I thought that I knew everything about using Google Suite. I had used the platform before at my previous site at CapacityCorps with Rebuilding Together. I still use the Google Suite in my current service site, and I am still learning new things about the platform. I also used Salesforce when I worked with CapacityCorps as well.
As I began working with Atlantic Impact, I realized that I did not fully understand how Google Suite could improve my work. So, I quickly learned that Google Suite similar to Microsoft Office. Both of these programs allowed me to keep better track of my daily tasks, and it is all in one platform that I can access from anywhere. I also learned about apps such as Asana, which allow me to share what projects I was working on with my supervisors, so it gave them a better idea of how to track my progress with different tasks. Piktochart is a program that is similar to Canva, where I helped create and design many signs and graphics. These graphics and designs were used to help promote events and share information with the community. Learning these three major programs has helped expand my knowledge to help not only myself but my host site as well.
Along with the different programs I learned, I also learned about work styles. Something I had struggled to figure out since I was in college was figuring out my strengths within the workplace and my work style. I decided to use my professional development funds to gain access to CliftonStrengths. This evaluation gave me the information I needed to find out more about my work strengths and weaknesses. I learned that I was strong in strategic thinking, and wanted to expand on the skill further during the rest of my service year. The evaluation also gave tips and strategies that detailed the individual strengths that made up strategic thinking, how to hone them and how not to fall into pitfalls in having those traits.
From what I’ve learned so far, I hope to be able to use my newfound knowledge from my VISTA service for my future career and business in the travel industry.
In These Photos: Hakeem connects with community members in Hope Village.
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