Asked by Anonymous
I'm a 26 year old analyst who joined a MNC recently which my primary role was to do finance and analysis. However, recently, my boss has been giving me a ton of ancillary work to do, which includes planning for marketing events and doing video editing. Should I be flexible and accept this? But I feel like this was not what I was hired to do, let alone, I feel like I'm not developing more core skillsets which was supposed to be finance. Need help from other people who had similar experiences?
Many jobs are like that, what's important is the time allocated for non-core work that don't add value to your market value shouldn't exceed 20%. These side jobs bring indirect value only for as long as you work in the company such as gaining exposure to other business areas, socialising with other bosses, showing-off your soft skills. These opportunities are good if you do it well.
I would say yes do it.pick up new skills sets While you are young. The world is changing with technology your new skill sets might open new doors while being A specialist is good you never know when you might be replaced.
if you do it well this might become your bargaining chip to better things in the company.
After a while have a honest chat with your boss on your progression and aspirations. If at end state the answer is still status quo and you are not happy with it then you can decide to move on to a new job
Do it. And do it well.
Building skill sets in various fields other than your core competency will do you good in the near future.
Taking on more responsibilities and achieving a better than expected outcome shows that you're willing to do what it takes to prove your salt. And if it helps your company make more money, why not?
I would also urge you to find out what would be a good KPI to the tasks you'll be doing.
Because you can then tell your boss he should hire a professional and here are the guidelines to supervise his deliverables.
In this scenario, you'll be delegating instead of Tai chi-ing away work.
Pretty impressive if you ask me.