If you can’t tell, I like to reflect on my experiences and figure out what I’ve learned. I have had 3 jobs in less than 5 years (fitting in with the millennial average) (and no, I was not asked to leave any of them). With each job, I learned about the bigger picture of my career and took away some things I think are applicable no matter where you are in your job or career journey. Here are the gems:
- Remember your value. And be able to articulate it.
- Treat people the way you want to be treated
- Professionalism should be part of your personal brand.
- You are going to make mistakes. These mistakes (probably) won’t end your career or bring your company down.
- Working hard isn’t enough.
- Sometimes, you need to walk down the hall or pick up the phone.
- Networking is more than showing up to events and collecting or handling out business cards.
- Your career development must be deliberate and intentional.
- Learn to anticipate needs and develop solutions.
- Trust yourself.
I also share information about creating a “running tab” to keep track of the progress you make at your job, and even outside of work. Some categories I include in my running tab are:
- Skills gained (divided up by the jobs I’ve had)
- Awards and recognition
- Presentations and panels (and even articles published if you are that fancy)
- Volunteer Activities
- Goals (what do you hope you learn or accomplish where you are?)
If you have questions about creating your running tab, have a question you would like answered on the show, or have topic suggestions or feedback, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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