Over the past week, I’ve realized how doing assignments that I might not feel “qualified” for can benefit me more than I might realize. My organization has been working on a land bank partnership agreement for the past couple of weeks and I’ve been attending the meetings pertaining to the agreement application. I knew nothing about banks or land banks when this project was uncovered and I found myself getting a bit lost during the meetings. I tried to make educated guessed when certain terminology confused me and I walked away still somewhat putting the pieces together.
I thought that I was being plopped into the meetings in order to learn about what was going on and to provide the small amount of insight that I could into available resources for potential residents looking to buy a home. While this was true, I was unaware that I would have a little bit larger role and that I would end up doing several tasks that made me feel somewhat uncomfortable. Although I definitely do not have a big role in the application process, some smaller application research requirements have fallen into my lap.
As I said before, I knew nothing about the subject matter and then suddenly I found myself drafted to call banks and research their products. I was thrown into technical language about loans and rehabilitation resources for residents planning to bid on land bank owned properties. Although I wouldn’t have pictured myself working on these types of issues, I’ve learned more than I thought I would’ve within these past weeks and all because I stepped up to the task and out of my comfort zone.