Thrown in the deep end with minimal training and an expectation to perform.
After a day of training, which lasted a mere two hours, you are out on the street with an expectation to meet a target of donations.
I have to say I felt I was left underprepared by Public Outreach's training and felt it was always going to be an uphill battle for me to perform.
You are expected to reach an average total of donations after your week-long trial period. Unfortunately, I was not even given a week, as after two days I was released.
This was due to unsuccessfully signing up any doners in those two days. It wasn't for a lack of effort either. Anyone who did stop to speak to me was either too young to donate or did not have a bank account in Canada to donate funds.
I also felt the supervision I received when out on the field was poor. While fellow colleagues were helpful and offered advice, my main supervisor offered little and decided that I wasn't good enough after two days. I felt he could have been more supportive and not threatened that my job was on the line at the start of the second day. I see that as extremely poor team management and the totally wrong way to inspire and motivate. As this job is a numbers business and based on successful donations, I felt like he didn't want me on the team any longer to bring his numbers down.
In summary, if you have a talent for this job and perform well early on, you may well excel. However, if you're slow to get going, you may not even have the time to redeem yourself.