A Running List of Skills and Knowledge I Didn’t Expect To Learn From My Job

The best jobs teach you things you didn’t expect to learn. Through being a marketer at a bitcoin payment processor, I’ve learned about much more than just marketing. Most of these are the reasons I’m so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had:

  1. Cold calling – Early on in my job (while I was still an intern), I cold-called a number of businesses and set up meetings to help them accept bitcoin. This was terrifying, but my little stint in sales yielded some great adventures.
  2. Mascot skills – I once dressed up as a company mascot and visited children in a children’s hospital. It was probably just as awkward for me as it was for the kid
  3. Math – I have learned the formula for calculating transaction-related fees (making me feel like a whiz)
  4. Office management – During our times without an office manager, I’ve figured out how to be a passable interim one – I cleaned and ordered lunch and even decorated for the office.
  5. The Pantone color system –  I learned at least a bit of the Pantone color system during my early days dabbling in graphic design.
  6. Git – I’ve become a moderately skilled git user and contributor, through help from my coworkers, Stack Overflow threads, and trial and error.
  7. Customer support –  Fun fact: in addition to being a marketer, I have a times been a top-tier customer support agent at my company. Learning how to understand and resolve customer issues (and talk to difficult customers) has been a huge help in my other work.
  8. Web cryptography – I’ve learned and written about the public key cryptography that verifies the authenticity of websites.

All of it has been an adventure. If you want to get a similar sample, it’s pretty easy. Say yes to opportunities and execute well. You’ll learn plenty of things you didn’t expect to know.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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