Training course survival guide


I’m almost a month into my role at Gartner and still on my induction. So far I’ve had a week of remote learning, 2 weeks of classroom based learning and I’m currently on another week of remote learning before going back for the final 2 weeks in the classroom. Yes, that’s 6 weeks training in all and it’s great that Gartner takes the time to do this, as often we are thrown in the deep end and spend the first few months trying to find things out. This way, we will all start with a great foundation of knowledge.

The classroom based training starts at 0830 and finishes at 1700, sometimes with just 45 mins for lunch. At 1700 it’s not all over as often we’re set homework which can be for anything from 30 to 90 minutes. Although it has been intense, I’ve actually enjoyed the two weeks as I managed to make time for things that are both important and good for me. Here’s are my own personal training course survival tips which I will be sure to do for the next 2 weeks:

  1. Be grateful. I always started my day by reminding myself of the things that I am grateful for. I set a motivational message on my alarm so I start each day with positive thoughts.
  2. Call home. Just before bed I had a FaceTime call back home. It’s always nice to share parts of my day, listen to news and most importantly just make time for people I care about.
  3. Exercise. Right after class I would take 45-60 minutes out to exercise at the gym. It’s a great way to unwind and have some time out.
  4. Eat clean. I never skipped breakfast, always had healthy snacks and ate well throughout the day. At the hotel I made special requests and they were so accommodating.
  5. Drink water. Throughout the day I stayed hydrated by drinking lots of water (and a few coffees!). Water helps us stay energized.
  6. Have fun! During the training I had fun with my new colleagues especially during some of the role plays. It’s great when you can make learning fun.

No matter how busy I am, I like to make time for the things that are important to me. I know that if I don’t make time for them I feel disappointed and lethargic. So doing the above has helped keep me motivated, energized and focused. I plan to do the same next week.


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