3 Things I Wish I Knew Earlier in my Career

3 Things I Wish I Knew Earlier in my Career

Things I Wish I Knew Earlier in my Career

If you’re just starting out in your career, it’s an exciting and uncertain time. However, with a few tips, you can step out with more confidence. 

So, what are some pieces of advice that experienced professionals, time and again, wish they knew when they were beginning their career journey? Here’s a look at three tips:

What Do You Wish You Knew Earlier in Your Career?

#1: You should find out as much as you can about a potential employer.

When you’re searching for your first position, it’s important to understand that it’s a two-way street. As much as potential employer is vetting you, you too should be assessing the employer, their culture and what it’s like to work at a company. 

Many entry-level workers make the mistake of accepting a job based on the qualifications and requirements. However, if the culture is a mismatch for your personality and work style, you’re not going to be happy there. 

So, during the hiring process, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the culture, what your potential team is like, what the leadership style is like, and any other questions that help you determine whether it’s truly the right opportunity for you. 

#2: You don’t need to know everything on the job.

When you begin your first days and weeks on the job, you want to impress. However, don’t assume your boss wants you to know everything. 

Instead, ask questions, take notes, and make an effort to learn as much as you can about the company and its culture. If you do make a mistake, don’t freak out. Own it, learn from it and then move on. It happens to everyone, but it’s how you handle it that will set you apart. 

That said, don’t go to your boss with every little question. In some cases, being resourceful is key. For instance, a quick look at the company handbook or a fast Google search might yield the information you need. 

#3: Your first job might not be your dream job…and it might evolve over time.

Don’t expect that first position to be a perfect fit. Remember, this is a steppingstone to help you gain key skills, network with others, and learn more about the industry and field you’re working in. 

It’s also a great opportunity to identify those tasks and assignments you love and those you don’t. That way, in future job searches, you’ll have a better sense of what to focus on. 

In addition, keep in mind your job might evolve over time. For instance, if you have a particular strength that becomes apparent to your boss, they might assign you tasks related to it versus what your actually job title is. 

Also, your daily duties might change as time goes on. Look at these situations as a way to learn more, meet different people, and expand your abilities. This way, once you’re ready for your next career step, you’ll be well equipped.

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