It’s just a fact of life that we’re not all Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, or Kylie Jenner. The chances of a career simply falling into your lap to set you up for adulthood are, well, pretty unlikely. No need to despair, though. Here’s 9 nine gems of career advice to help you find your way post-HSC, VCE or degree. You’re welcome.
You don’t have to finish where you started
You might not pursue the first career you choose. And, that’s ok. Sometimes it’s best to shop around to find the one that’s right for you. It’s okay to stay in a job that you’re not attached to while you work out what you want. It’ll give you the time, space and cash flow to figure things out.
Mistakes are how you learn
No matter how careful you are, mistakes are sometimes out of your control. It’s important to look at them as a valuable opportunity to grow and learn. Everyone experiences bumps along the way; think of it as a rite of passage.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but you should always be courteous. It can be a very small world. You never know what the flow-on effect might be for your future career if you palm off a difficult client or speak rudely to someone in an interview.
You got the job, so quit second-guessing yourself. Be confident in your abilities and embrace the challenges. Just remember, confidence is one thing, but arrogance is another.
Stay on top of socials
Social media may be a minefield, but it’s up to you to manage your online presence for your personal brand. Your future boss can easily Google your name to find your Bali holiday, complete with partying and mojitos...all the mojitos. Have the cocktails, but perhaps don’t post all the pics. To impress headhunters, keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date with skills, education and employment.
Trust the timing of your career
Don’t fear stasis or resist change. Sometimes things don’t move at the speed you want them to. Your career may stagnate and frustrate you, but stick it out. Your rise through the ranks won’t necessarily be rapid. Use the time for reflection and to hone your skills, and remain open to new opportunities and experiences.
We’re all human and have things to work on. Feedback is there to help you improve, so don’t run away from your shortcomings. Instead, seek out a short course or seminar to help you skill up or feel more confident.
Success is a state of mind
No matter how far you’ve come, chances are you’re never going to feel like you’ve ‘made it’. There’s always more to learn and someone who seems to be far ahead of you in the game. Rather than letting that discourage you, embrace it. Acknowledge how far you’ve come and how hard you’ve worked to get there. Take a deep breath, then seek out new challenges.
Life’s too short…
To be unhappy. If a job’s not working out, and you feel angry and frustrated all the time, it’s time to find something fulfilling. Money is nice, and no job is perfect, but it shouldn’t drain you all the time. You deserve more!