Inexperience is a simple way to describe not having experience, YET. Everyone faces the quandary of having minimal experience in various situations. It occurs when you start a new job or begin a career. This position doesn’t just happen to young people. In fact, older people are sometimes the worst at dealing with the inexperience that accompanies a situational change. No matter the circumstance, inexperience can be a valuable position, if properly utilized.


Highly effective individuals consciously use their inexperience as a benefit and not a hindrance. The first few years of your career or few months of new employment are periods when you can ask questions and get away with not “knowing the ropes.” Don’t take this to the extreme, but you will generally learn more and receive help from others if you simply take the time to ask intelligent questions. Use this time to evaluate yourself and the organization you have joined. It will prove critical to your future success as a professional and with that particular establishment.


Your inexperience will also present the opportunity to look at a situation from a fresh perspective and offer insightful direction, change or even an appreciation for what is already in place. (Penelope has a great blog about the first 90 days of a new job). I spoke to a friend of mine today who just took a new job, in a new city. As soon as he stepped foot in the building, he knew there were problems. (Here’s another great blog about the interview vs. actual job difference.) However, the existing people who have been invested for years have been looking the other way. Tough decisions had to be made, so… as the new leader of this organization he informed his advisory board of forthcoming changes. While they argued with him at the outset, they eventually conceded to his direction. They realized 1) that they had chosen him to lead them and 2) his “inexperience” with that organization allowed him to clearly perceive the issues holding them back.  This is not an easy position, but was critical for the survival of the institution.


Next time you are faced with a new set of circumstances, use them to your advantage. Ask questions, make observations and allow your inexperience to work for you. Take a few minutes and comment below about your encounters (good and bad) with inexperience.


Striving for the Best! -mwr