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    Ever Felt Out Of Your Depth At Work?

    Has anyone had a job where they've felt, well.... out of their depth? In two weeks, Im starting a new job, and I just have a sinking feeling that I talked up my credentials a tad too much at the interview.

    It's providing written legal advice and representation to members of a building association here in Australia. I've done a similar thing at the Tax Office since I left university, but I never really had to meet with clients, or get up in front of tribunals etc.

    Anyone else out of their depth at work, or have overstated their abilities in order to get a job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj
    Has anyone had a job where they've felt, well.... out of their depth? In two weeks, Im starting a new job, and I just have a sinking feeling that I talked up my credentials a tad too much at the interview.

    It's providing written legal advice and representation to members of a building association here in Australia. I've done a similar thing at the Tax Office since I left university, but I never really had to meet with clients, or get up in front of tribunals etc.

    Anyone else out of their depth at work, or have overstated their abilities in order to get a job?
    Cant say i have...... although i always feel out of my depth when i first start a new job..... However after a bit of time, it works out.... Hope thats the same in your case...

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    At work, yeah - I'm working in a field that I have no qualifications for, and now the bosses there are trying to get me involved in more than just easy administration stuff.

    In sport, I certainly did when I played my first game at the top level I've played thus far and was batting. We needed 4 runs when I came in, and myself and my partner took 11 overs to get them...

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    Guess you're going all right then Jacko


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    I'm always out of my depth at work, but that's because I'm stupid.

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    to be honest i never have actually, maybe its just because im so laid back about stuff like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger
    to be honest i never have actually, maybe its just because im so laid back about stuff like that.
    Nothing to do with the fact you've not held a job of responsibility yet then.

    Believe me, I had the same attitude i.e. very laidback because everything I did only affected me at my previous jobs but in my current one, if I mess up other people are severely disadvantaged and could even get hurt so I sometimes feel out of my depth but that's just the new responsibility rather than me not having the talent to do it because it is a fairly uncomplicated job.

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    well occasionally if i make a mistake it can seriously have severe concequences, (i work on a farm and doing manual labour in gardens for people etc.. you see) but even if i do make a massive error i tend to brush it over, even if the job is botched, for instance the other day i totally knackered a piece of machinery on the back of the tractor for driving it too fast over bumpy ground, this thing had to be replaced, which i assume cost a few grand, but yet, i wasnt phased....

    is that bad ?

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    if i have ever felt out of my depth at work, I just blame someone else..ie the training provided etc.

    remember you managed to sell yourself well enough to get the job..you must have more going for you than you think..in a few weeks you will be wondering what you were worrying about
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    Quote Originally Posted by King_Ponting
    Cant say i have...... although i always feel out of my depth when i first start a new job..... However after a bit of time, it works out.... Hope thats the same in your case...
    Cheers mate.

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    You will be fine Howard.

    The way I see it, take everything on board and have the attitude 'that it won't take long to get the hang of it and I will be fine'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swervy
    if i have ever felt out of my depth at work, I just blame someone else..ie the training provided etc.
    Haha, been there, done that, excellent advice.

    In truth though, I've rarely experienced it, mostly as a result of my tendency to work in crummy jobs with few expectations, that the average ****** would have no real difficulty with.
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    Felt out of depth for the first few weeks, and when I worked in a software store I hated all the "special deals" and horrible nerds asking me weird questions.. I felt like saying "go and spend time with some other people" sometimes.. My job at the moment pays well, is cushdie and Im one of the best at it, so they daren't fire me or annoy me..
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