If I Would Have Known…Early Career Advice

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As we enter the month of August, I am reminded of what was once my favorite time of year as a student. Stocking up on cutesy supplies at Target, revamping your Fall wardrobe, getting class schedules, comparing said schedules with friends, and the general sense of purpose and excitement you feel about taking that next step towards your career goals. 
In my final year of undgrad, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I was going to get there. After $80,000 of tuition, those 4 years of college courses had taught me all I needed to know about career success. Oh, how wrong I was! It didn’t take me but a few harsh weeks of life in the “real world” to realize I had no idea what I was doing. However, with steadfast determination and a restless ambition, I’ve managed to turn my “small-town” dreams into a career that I love in the San Francisco Bay Area. While every day is still a work in progress, I thought I’d share a few career tips my experience in the “real world” has taught me.
1. Emotional Intelligence – This is perhaps one of the greatest lessons in maturity. Emotional intelligence is our ability to assess and understand the emotions of others and control our own in various situations. Throughout your career, you will have a multitude of strong feelings, emotions, opinions, personal life circumstances, etc. that you will have to manage. You will also work with others who are facing these as well. The most important thing you can do is think before acting and try to approach situations logically without being controlled BY your emotions. Understand that your attitude, positive or negative, affects everyone around you, including your clients or customers. Put simply, check the drama at the door.

2. Follow-Up – As the old saying goes, “the squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Considering tip #1, this is more of a mature, non-complaining, outcome-driven squeak. Every one is busy and we all have a tendency to get sidetracked with our own responsibilities. If you reach out to someone and they don’t respond, promise to follow-up on a certain day at a certain time and do it. Be succinct and to the point with the intention of your follow-up. Oh, and ALWAYS send a handwritten thank you card following your meeting or interaction.

3. Time Management – It is extremely easy for our to-do lists to turn from a few short reminders to something that resembles an unedited cut of War and Peace. Each day, week, month, choose 2-3 tasks that you want to accomplish and no matter what, get them done. This will help you maintain focus and prioritize what’s really important.

4. Recognition – My 1st class of graduate school was something called “Organizational Communication.” Really this was a fancy title for “How to Communicate at Work.” The very 1st thing we learned was that someone’s name is the most important thing they will ever hear. When you walk into the office each morning, make sure to look your co-workers and staff in the eye, say hello, and say their name. It sounds obvious, but I’m sure we can all think of times when we felt unappreciated by a boss or coworker who walked right past us without ever acknowledging our presence. Now is your chance to be the change. 

There are countless other career tips equally as important, but these are just a few I’ve found to be most beneficial so far. As always, when pursuing the career of your dreams, be vast and aspire for greatness! And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a little style…:)
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