I graduated in May and was already hired for a dream job. I work in a STEM field and there is a lot to learn. However, I had always done well until now. I got straight A's in school, worked exclusively with school faculty on certain jobs, I even worked with my school's president on a job. I was their first choice for a lot of things. I completed an internship with positive feedback from the employer. I had two job offers before I graduated. Now, suddenly, it seems like I'm failing on just about every task I'm given at work. I work for a small company that is trying to grow rapidly. My tasks go beyond my education and I do a lot of administrative stuff too, which I love.
Most of my job is very techincal. I knew my ability to perform this job was going to take effort on my part to keep learning outside of school. I frequently spend my weekends studying new things related to my position and completing tasks I couldn't finish during the week. I was never really given any training for this position. Everyone I work with has decades of experience and I have less than a year's worth. I often tried to ask for help when I didn't understand something but I was given loosely sketched drawings and told to look at previous projects that were similar. I've been there for half a year and I barely feel like I've caught on. I am getting paid exactly what I asked for and I really do believe in this company, so I want to stay. But the idea of simply joining a larger company that has better training and less demands sounds too tempting some days. Have you been in a similar situation? What would you do in my situation? Before I do anything too big, I know I should talk with one of my superiors, but I'm not sure how to even approach that conversation. Any advice?