For my second work term, I was an Arborist for Royal Wood Tree Care, a company based in Delta that serves Vancouver´s Metropolitan region. On my first day, I was surprised by the speed that we had to work in order to compete with other, much bigger, companies like Bartlett or Davey, and make a profit. I was told by my co-workers that, because of the pace of each job I would not be able to get any training from them. However, I was able to figure out a way to learn and get feedback during brief but valuable opportunities where I could perform duties that I was not familiar with. Everything from rigging to cutting, to dragging and chipping branches I had to learn in a fast-paced environment. Therefore, I was obliged to study and practice what I had done and I had seen my co-workers doing outside my regular schedule. At first it was hard and I was not being as useful as I would have wanted to be. Nevertheless, I was able to persevere by consistently asking questions and practicing knots, chainsaw maintenance, rigging techniques, species identification and chipper operation. Still I have plenty to learn and I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my professional development in this great company.