My Best Career Advice

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This week is a huge step in my career. I am finally sitting for the first year of my certification class. I’ve been looking forward to and dreading this week for the past year. I don’t think I’ll ever feel ready for the exam at the end of this but I’m trying my hardest!

That might make it seem like I’ve got it all figured out career-wise. I can promise you that I don’t though. I’m still figuring everything out too.

I’ve recently accepted the intern mentoring position for my department so I’ve been thinking a lot about what I wish I had known as a college student preparing to enter the “real world” so I can pass this information to the interns that I will be mentoring.

The one thing I wish I had known when I graduated was that you don’t have to have everything figured out yet. 

I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated. I thought I wanted to go into marketing but here I am 4 years later still working in finance. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Apply for all of the jobs, do the interviews, and figure it out as you go. There’s no right answer and there’s no easy path. You just have to do what feels right.

You might end up not liking your first job out of college and that’s okay. It’s okay to take some time to figure out what you want to do. There are lessons to learn at every single job even if it’s not your “dream job”.

I never pictured myself working in finance but I took the leap and applied for the job. I didn’t expect to like it and I didn’t think I’d make it even one year. Four years later and I have learned so much. I am a subject matter expert, a leader, and a contributing member to a team of talented people.

We are all figuring it out as we go so don’t feel like you have to have a set plan. You’ve got this!

What’s the best career advice you’ve received?

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4 thoughts on “My Best Career Advice

  1. Sejal Sheth says:

    This is great! I can’t agree more! I hated my first job and quit within 3 weeks. I felt like such a failure! I think it’s also important to remember that everyone’s path is different! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Ellie Easton says:

    I have only been working for around 2 years so far and I feel like I have learned so much. One kind of easy thing I have learned is to keep a list or a folder of the successes you have had in your role. This can be helpful when looking to move up in your company or even for other jobs down the road 🙂

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  3. easiersaidthandone1406 says:

    The best career advice I got is try everything, and eventually you’ll find a job you moderately love. I figured the best way to do this is to intern as much as possible during college -saves time, and is a great learning experience! Loved this post. Thanks for sharing 😊

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