In business and in life, with age comes experience and wisdom. For all of us, there are probably lessons we would like to pass down – to our younger selves if it were possible! Here are a few pieces of career advice most people would probably like to give to their younger selves:
Trust Your Gut
That gut instinct you have when it comes to a career opportunity, or a bad fit, or a toxic boss? You should trust it. Your gut instinct is a very real indicator of whether something is positive or negative for you. Don’t force yourself into a bad move because it seems like the right thing on paper, or because it will look good or impress your family or friends. Do what’s right for you and your career, and believe in yourself – you know what’s best for you and your work life.
Build Career Skills Early
From internships in college to mentorships at your first job to simply asking for advice from more experienced coworkers, it’s always a good idea to start building your career skills early. You can always learn something, and the more knowledge and experience you gain early on, the better of you’ll be regardless of where you want to take your career.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Whether it’s not having a particular skill, having only X number of years of experience compared to what’s listed in the job description, or tricking yourself into thinking someone else can do the job better, we all tend to sell ourselves short sometimes. While it’s important to be realistic about the skills we have and what we can contribute, it’s also vital that you don’t sell yourself short. Be upfront about your qualifications and experience, as well as your ability to learn and grow. For many, it’s the ability to adapt and become successful that’s far more powerful than any experience or specific skill set.
Define Your Own Success
Realize that “success” means different things to different people. For some, it’s about making a certain monetary figure. For others, it’s about having freedom outside of their work life. For others, it’s about family. Success is completely what you want it to be – figure out what it means to you early on in your career and don’t waver when trying to achieve it.
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