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I am new to tech and struggling a bit. We had a team meeting where the supervisor asked me to describe some process and I honestly didn't know what she was talking about with all the tech terminology. I did take notes and looked some terms up later. However, now my whole team knows I don't really know what's going on. Any advice on how to make team meetings go better? I'm working on learning but I feel like it is not fast enough.

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Eh… what’s the tech in question for this project? What are you responsible for? What level are you? These are all relevant data points that will help us give you more targeted coaching. Oftentimes we overindex on training when in reality it may not require that.

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D1’s advice is 💯. There’s tons of youtube videos you can learn from on these topics. Biggest advice is know what you know and what you don’t.

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It takes time to be honest. Don't be hard on yourself. Can you find a coach or mentor in your practice? What technology are you working on?

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I have a meeting set up with my advisor next week so I am definitely asking about this.

Take a few free courses on Udemy. That’ll give you some background in whatever tech stack your team is using.

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Good to hear. I'm sure it will work out well.

True statement by @Director 1. The biggest assistant in technical conversations is asking questions. That’s if you are currently working the process you were being asked about. If you are so new that you are still trying to grasp the work it is ok to defer to a teammate for your lack of knowledge. Just realize that it takes a bit of time and try to digest everything methodically. You did the right thing by looking up terms. Ask someone who knows what the question meant and why the answer is what it is.

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Ouch!! I definitely have been there before and hate that feeling. Its time to start expanding your scope and looking to resources external to your team. That could come in the form of classes, YouTube videos, forums, randomly tapping experts within the company etc.

Some great resources listed here, and I would also say that there is sometimes a balance too of what you actually need to know and what you're afraid you needed to know. Sometimes when you get hired for more responsibility than you've had in the past, it's easy to assume that you're supposed to know everything and it's actually ok to not have the answer on hand to certain things or for someone else to know that specific thing and you reach out. It sounds like in this case you do actually need to get some knowledge under your belt, but remember that. You don't need to get insecure that you're the person that's supposed to know a bunch of stuff but doesn't, as the biggest aspect of your job. Take each item and subject area on its own! You'll get there.

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ACN has a wealth of information on their internal portals. Use it to your advance. It will help you with the basics and you can grow from there. Cultivate mentors and reach out with questions.

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I have searched the internal portals. I didnt see what I was looking for with this project. Also, I am having a hard time finding someone the has a lot of experience with Tableau and Oracle Databases. If anyone has ideas, let me know.

Tableau website has alot of free material in general. From front end to back end. You should be good by just taking their online courses. On the flip side, in my prior consulting days there wasn't a single client that I was an expert on. So learning on the job is quite normal as a consultant so don't be too hard on yourself. If you haven't done this already, when people are looking to you for answers never say I don't know, say that you'll circle back offline or you'll get back to them after checking in with other experts. And then do your research and circle back.

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Don't be afraid to ask questions. Just explain that while you know the material, you're still catching up on some of the terminology. Then keep studying all the material that's out there, reach out to people in the company, and press forward. You'll get there. For me, personally, I use a cheat sheet a lot of times during meetings - I include names and jargon I usually forget, anything I want to bring up, etc. It helps to avoid those "What do I say now???" moments.

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1. Like everyone is saying, don’t be too hard on yourself. Even Tom Brady throws interceptions. 2. May not be the best advice for some, but nothing beats hard work. Spend your weekends mastering the material. Dedicate your whole self to ramping up.

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Oh don’t fear the fact that you don’t know as every place has a bunch of acronyms and often people within it infer different meaning from such tribal knowledge. As a newbie in the team your naïveté and curiosity is valuable to the team. Simply ask if the team has a place where they keep a log of acronyms the team uses or for that matter What does xyz mean? as this will allow the team to level set on some of the acronyms and the context in which they afford meaning.

Ask questions! Tell them to say what they mean. What you’ll come to find is many people loosely throw a bunch of jargon around (most of the time saying what they think things mean vs what it actually is).

And if it warrants a follow up aside - follow up. It may not feel great but the best way to learn these things if from people. Either you build rapport or you find where you are may not be the best fit and learn something along the way.

I want to emphasize don’t struggle alone. Don’t think you have to learn all the technology by yourself. You have a team. A team works together and grow together. I’ve been working in tech for over a decade but I’ve always enjoy it when a junior engineer ask me questions, no matter how fundamental or basic it seems. Because it helps me refresh my memories, revisit old knowledge and often time I find there’s now a better way to do something. So give your teammate that opportunity to refresh their knowledge by asking them to help you. Also, external resources may not match your need. Each company and every team tend to do things a little differently. Even if they all use the same technology. Learning from your teammates will help you to learn the specifics that’s unique to your team. Also, perhaps find other junior engineers, even if they are outside of the team, and have some frequent knowledge sharing sessions with them. This will help you and them to grow. Lastly, despite my tenure in the field, I often don’t know what people are taking about when I work with a new team. So it’s really ok.

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