So you want to be a successful young professional?
We all go through that phase in college where we’re trying to find not only what we want to do, but also how we’re going to crush our careers and be the best that we can possibly be. When we’re then given a diploma, it can be scary standing in that doorway not knowing where we will be taking the next steps in our lives.
No one is an expert at their field when they first start a career path. I’m deciding daily what I want to do and what my next grand idea will be. I’m telling you that it’s OKAY to constantly change what you want. It’s even okay to mess up 100 times and then decide finally what you want to do. It is useless if you aren’t actively trying to figure out what you want to do. I don’t know about you, but I never want to find myself sitting in a cubicle wondering where the last 20 years of my life have gone.
At the young age of 23, I’ve gained experience and skills beyond my years because of taking risks and deciding that I want more in this life. So, this brings me to my first tip:
- Decide what you want to do and WHY you want to do it. You picked your major, career, job, skill, because _________? (You love it? It pays well? You’re learning new things? It works for right now?) I’m fueling up for the day when I wake up and I’m scrolling through all of my emails, Instagram messages, and Facebook timeline in the morning. I’m remembering why I am where I am and where it’s going to get me. My ‘why’ fuels me to be the best that I can be. Don’t get me wrong- there are also days I get up and snuggle my cats for an hour and roll out of bed, throw my hair in a messy bun and grab a bagel I don’t need. But the mornings that I wake up hungry and ready for the day are the mornings that I can tell I’m in the right place at the right time. Our whole lives are fueled by things that we have to do and bills that we have to pay. A job you hate is still a stepping stone to where you want to be. Make a plan that you will get where you want to be and know WHY you are doing this.
- Get up, get dressed, be ready. Is it easy to get things done everyday? No. Sometimes a month goes by and I am still not at my goal. One thing that I’ve learned is that I control my day. I don’t use that day to the best of my ability if I wake up and I’m tired, angry at something or someone, or anxious about a new experience. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting myself up, dressed up, and made up. It’s so much easier to throw a pity party and feel that way for the rest of the day when I look in the mirror and I’m a hot mess. One day turns into two, three, and then you are so far from where you want to be that it can be hard to get back on track. Find one simple thing to do daily that will help you feel excited!
- Say YES! I met a mentor through a friend of a friend when I was in college. She was a copywriter at the New York Times, had worked for companies like Svedka, Mastercard, Ford, and so much more. While working on my resumé, she gave me advice that I try to stick to daily. Say yes! When your boss asks you to work on a project but you don’t 100% know what to do, say yes and figure it out. When you get a new job opportunity that scares you, say yes. By saying yes I’ve been on TV for clients, I’ve learned how to design in Adobe programs, have taken amazing social media pictures, worked with national clients, and grew a team of over 2000 people with my network marketing business. I have also become independent and have traveled and lived on my own. Can it be scary to start something new, sure! But let’s go back to that cubicle in 20 years- are you sitting at it?
- Make a plan with yourself. Writing down my goals and pinning up my dreams has helped me check them off. I am not a list maker, I am very unorganized, but I try my best. But, I am good at developing an overall goal. I made a dream board with multiple goals in December of 2016. And guess what? More than 10 of those goals came through in less than a year. We’re all busy, so keeping ourselves on track can be the hardest thing. It’s clinically proven that writing down your goals will help you achieve them
- Network! Network Network! Networking is one of the easiest ways to meet people, find out what they do for work, and make connections that can push your career path where you want it to be. I can take more of my own advice and go out and network more. There are so many young professional groups in my area and I’m sure you can find some local groups as well! No one likes awkward small talk, but we’re all there to make relationships and to meet people. Try it. Trust me, you’ll survive!
I’ve been wanting to write this blog for the longest time. I’ve been in your shoes and know that it can be scary to start any new adventure in life. But the best and most important thing to do is get up and try. I can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you- to prove to you that you can be where I am 1 year out of college!