Sometimes, when trying to learn something new, the best option is to get your hands dirty and make your own mistakes along the way. Getting into a completely new role might be a scary notion, but will help you develop entrepreneurship skills, as well increase your learning agility when faced with unfamiliar challenges. You will learn by doing , and really walk a mile in someone else‘s shoes. Stepping out of your daily bubble will not only help you meet new people and develop new skills, it might give you a whole new perspective on doing things differently!
When shadowing someone, you get to note how they tackle day-to-day challenges, and what their best practices are. During swaps, you may solve problems in your new job in the same way you did before. However, shadowing will help you see a different approach to yours. Shadowing is also a very good way of getting the ‚bigger picture‘ here at Allianz. Sometimes, we might be a stone-throw away from a colleague, but simply might know completely how they contribute to the organization. Moreover, shadowing is a great way to prepare for an upcoming role – to see all the ropes and levers, before you have to pull them.
Ready to widen your horizons?
Talk to you manager and explain why you want to engage in a job swap or job shadowing. If you’re company doesn’t offer a program yet, there might still be the possibility to individually organize your experience.