What's you problem?

I've recently switched from doing in-house PR for the charity sector to a similar job for an international bank. Although my management and PR skills are pretty good, I'm shocked to realise how little I know about banking.

by Jeremy Bullmore

I'm finding it hard to pick it up as I go along, but there is a culture here of not admitting to weaknesses or ignorance, so I'm terrified to tell anyone that what I really need is a crash course in banking. I can't carry on as I am. Do you have any suggestions?

A Come clean immediately. In a few months' time it will be too late. Whatever the culture, you're still a newcomer. You won't be fired now for wanting to become more effective at your job. But you might be, this time next year, for making a crucial mistake as a result of basic banking ignorance.

Jeremy Bullmore has been creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London and a non-executive director of both the Guardian Media Group and WPP. Address your problems to Jeremy Bullmore at: editorial@mtmagazine.co.uk. Regrettably, no correspondence can be entered into.

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