The career advice that worked for me
Career advice is a bit of a weird one isn’t it? What works in some industries is totally different to what works in others, and ultimately, we all want different things out of our careers. But I do think there are some key bits of advice that can work for us all – here are my favourites.
1) Keep learning – as soon as you feel comfortable, find a new way to stretch yourself. You will progress so much faster by staying on the very edge of your comfort zone.
2) Always muck in. Help move boxes, do the post office run, take your turn on admin, bake – anything that proves you’re a team player. People will remember you for it.
3) Find what you’re good at and be better at it than anyone else. This can be big or small, just make sure you are indispensably great at something.
4) Put yourself first. You might love the people you work for, but ultimately if a bigger and better role comes along that suits you, you have to think about you before them.
5) If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Don’t be afraid to ask for more responsibility or to put yourself forward for a promotion. Even if you don’t get it, people will recognise you as someone who has ambition and are willing to put their money where their mouth is.
6) Never underestimate the power of LinkedIn. I was approached for my current role via LinkedIn and I could not encourage you more to keep your profile up to date and use it as a networking tool. It is being used more and more in the world of recruitment so keep your skills sharp!
7) Utilise your contacts. Stay friendly with people you’ve worked with previously and always introduce yourself to new faces at meetings or events. You never know who is going to end up being an asset to you!
8) Always be authentic. I think it speaks volumes when you act the same with your boss as you do with your peers. Sure, flex your style, but make sure you always stay true to who you are – it will help to set you apart.
9) Grasp every opportunity. Even if right now you can’t see how it will be relevant to your career, you can probably bet that in a year’s time that that extra project you took on will really help you.
10) Trust your gut. You’re a pretty clever human being – trust that you’ll be successful at what makes you happy, trust that you know when it’s time to take the next step, trust that things will all work out. Never let fear stand in your way of reaching for the next rung.