What do you wish you had known at the start of your career? If you could go back in time to give advice to your younger self, what would you say? I have compiled a list of advice that I would have liked to receive, and I hope any young woman starting her career will find it useful.
What Us Girls Should Know At The Start Of Our Career:
1) It is OK to learn on the job.
As Theodore Roosevelt said, “When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ then get busy and find out how to do it.”
It is interesting that men will apply for jobs where they meet only 60% of the criteria required, whereas women will only apply when they meet 100% of the requirements. Think of all the opportunities you could be missing.
2) Take a break. Whilst work is important, most people on their death bed wish they had spent more time with their family and not more time at their desk!
3) Stick to your guns and don’t be sidelined by your work colleagues. If you believe in something, stick with it.
4) Don’t take setbacks personally. Remember to detach yourself and look at setbacks as learning opportunities in disguise.
5) Find a mentor or sponsor who will encourage you and help you carve out your career path. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. It is likely the recipient will be flattered that you asked them.
6) Do what you love! Life is too short to be slogging away at something that you get no joy from.
7) Take pride in your work. That will be noticed.
8) Every day, identify the key things you need to achieve by the end of the day. Do not get distracted by reacting to your work load. Be proactive instead and if office based, only check your email account two or three times in the day so you don’t spend your day just responding to emails.
9) Avoid getting involved in office gossip. Stay professional at all times and avoid getting tiddly at after work drinks or office parties. Save that for nights out with your mates. Avoid posting inappropriate images of yourself on Facebook as employers may find them and question your professionalism.
10) Finally, we all know how down we can feel on a Sunday with the prospect of a full working week ahead of us so check out My Tips To Beat The Sunday Blues.
What do you wish you had known? What would you tell your younger self? We can help young women starting out their career by sharing our experiences so please comment below. Thank you.