I am really happy of what I achieved in my career and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Because of my many jobs, I had the chance to meet amazing and inspiring people, work and live in fantastic places, grow as a person as well as a professional.
But there are a few good-to-know things that might have helped me on the way and help people entering the job market. Here are mine “If I have only known” – or maybe “if I have just been more conscious of it”:
- Small decisions – big impacts
Never underestimate apparently small decisions. Someone is asking you to do an unpaid small job? Do it! Someone ask you a favor? Do it!
You never know where is going to take you. That person might call you again for more (paid) jobs or recommend you to other people. At some point, if needed, you might also be in the position to ask for a favor yourself.
- Your network is your net-worth
Create connections and nourish them*. You cannot imagine how powerful it can be to have a common connection with the person you would like to work with or get in touch with your contacts when looking for a job. We all like to work with people (someone said) we can trust.
- Say YES – then learn how to do it
Especially when starting your career, you are not totally aware of your potential. I am sure you praised yourself in your cv and cover letter, but at the end of the day that’s just what you want other people to know about yourself.
How do you feel when you are offered to do something you feel incapable of doing? The instinctive reaction would be to say “No, I am sorry. I am not the right person for the job, I don’t know how to do it”. The smart reaction most of the time would be: “Yes, sure, I can do it”. Always try to picture the worst case scenario if you do not succeed in doing what you are expected to do. If that’s acceptable, go for it!
- Don’t be afraid of moving forward
Business is still business. Is great to have personal interactions and great relationships with your colleagues and managers, but never forget your first role is to be a colleague or an employee.
If you feel you need a change, a more challenging job, you got a new amazing opportunity, don’t restrain yourself.
People around you will understand your reasons and wish you the best. If they don’t….well, they were not real friends after all.
- The more you work, the luckier you get
At some point of a challenging project or a very stressful period of time, you might feel overwhelmed and pressured to the limit. Don’t give up! It will come a time when you will easily manage the same things, is part of the game of the growing process. As they say: No pain, no gain!