Must-Hear Career Advice For When You Are Starting OutPosted: 2nd of June 2015 by
Your working life is likely to last many years and the advice you need to follow will change as your career progresses. However, when you are just starting out in the world of work, much of this advice won’t really apply to you. Instead, there are some very specific tips that will help you, as someone who is new to the world of work. So here we present some advice specifically for anyone who is just starting their journey into work, or is in the early years of their career.
- Don’t Expect Too Much
Your first job is unlikely to be your dream one. Chances are your first job will be something that you are either doing to simply earn some money, or is with an eye on a future promotion or change of direction. You may be working in the right area or company, but most-likely in a fairly junior capacity. This is fine, but don’t expect too much to start with, You may feel that you are given tasks which you think are ‘below you,’ but knuckle down and get on with them. Right now, you need to work on getting the feel of the working environment, Dealing with customers and colleagues, turning up on time, and learning the basics – including how to deal with your boss telling you what to do! At the same time you will probably find you are being asked to do the more menial tasks that nobody else likes doing. Don’t worry, it won’t last forever, just do your best with any job you are given.
- Look For Opportunity Over Money
Yes, you will need to earn enough money to survive – whether this means paying your rent and supporting yourself, or even just paying some money to your parents if you still live with them. However, if you have the choice between two jobs don’t automatically go for the one with the best pay. Instead look at what the job and the employer offers your career. Is there room for promotion, development, or training? Is the job in an area you are interested in working in? What are the people like? All of these considerations should be thought through too – it is better to take a smaller wage and progress faster in your career. You will soon overtake the alternative, ‘more money now’ pathway.
- You Won’t Love Your Job All The Time
Even if you love most of your job, you won’t love all of it all of the time. That’s work, and remember you are being paid to do a job. The tougher it is, the more it may be a struggle, and the more you may feel it isn’t for you. However, by sticking at it during the tough times, you will be learning and developing new skills and experiences. These moments are a challenge to be met to help you push to the next level. Of course, if you positively detest everything about your job, it is probably time to look for another one!
- Concentrate On Yourself
It is easy to look at other people around you and compete against them, especially if you are one of several new starters in the company. Don’t be tricked into watching what others are doing too closely. You should, instead, focus on competing with yourself. This early part of your career is all about improving yourself and gaining skills and experience so you can move to the next level. Don’t get caught up in what others are doing, but instead just focus on getting better each day. This will also help you avoid falling into the trap of workplace politics.
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