Navigating the workforce can be super intimidating, especially if you’re unsure of what your true calling is. When I graduated from college in 2014, I was positive that I’d land my dream job and jump straight into the world of public relations, but life had a different path for me.
Throughout my journey, I’ve learned many gems that have helped me get where I am today, and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s my four top tips for getting there:
1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT
Many of us are multifaceted unicorns who can take on just about anything, so there’s no harm in exploring various roles or career options. I landed my current position by taking on new responsibilities at my current job…and I happened to be hella good at it. You might fall flat on your face, but at least you know that path isn’t for you.
2. FIND A MENTOR
From the moment I started at my first internship to now, I valued the relationships I built with the #bossbabes I’ve worked with over the years. They’ve provided me with tons of career insight and I’m forever grateful for their support because I wouldn’t be here without them.
3. NEVER STOP LEARNING
No matter what field you’re in, it’s always important to stay abreast of industry trends. Professionals are super impressed with newbies who are knowledgeable about the industry, and it shows that you’re invested in your craft. A lasting impression goes a long way, and this is a sure way to let leaders know you’re a valuable asset to their organization.
4. USE YOUR NETWORK
Your network truly is your net worth, so it’s important that you stay in contact with those that you’ve built work relationships with. Staying in contact with past employers, colleagues and recruiters shows that you care about what’s going on in their lives. You never know what opportunities may arise by simply sending a quick message.
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