I just attended a client meeting where new graduates were reminded to “find a mentor if you want to succeed.”
Many of us are used to the image of a mentor as a gray-haired executive: the one expert who is supposed to have all the answers and can teach us the rules for starting our career. And we’ve seen firsthand the impact of having the right mentor at the right time…
As a young professional, you’ll inevitably encounter career-related situations you’ll have to deal with: bad bosses, catty colleagues, work-life balance issues, considering new job opportunities. Navigating the real world isn’t easy, but with experience, the lessons you learn begin to stick.
As you begin your career, you should master certain skills that will encourage your success. Not quite there yet? Here is a list of the top five career-related tasks you should know how to perform, and quick tips to develop those skills:
Think of yourself as a financial entity, a brand worth nurturing and protecting… “Me Inc.”
You are the only person who cares about your career success and you must learn how to survive and prosper. Here is a breakdown of what you need to have as a small corporation: Me, Inc.
You already may be familiar with the concept of return on investment (ROI) in a business context. When evaluating a project, initiative or expense, leaders want to know what costs to expect compared to the benefits anticipated over time. This is the ROI.
But have you heard this same concept applied to your career… your “career ROI”?
Some people follow a straight, smooth career path from graduation to retirement. Most of us, however, don’t take this route. We follow a path where it’s not always clear which way to go.
Like me, and despite what you’ve been told, you don’t need to know exactly what you want to be when you grow up. As you explore your path, however, here are five things you do not want to be…
You work hard and you do your job well. There are, however, those people who take doing the job to a whole higher level. Are they smarter or better than most other people? Perhaps a few are; for the most part, though, they’re regular people who just work differently.
The good news: most anyone can emulate the habits that made these people successful, nearly every day…