Just Starting Your Career? 6 Expert Tips

Regardless of how long people have been in their careers, they always have that one bit of advice they wish someone had told them when they were still fairly new to their field. If you are just starting out in your career, here are some pieces of advice that working people around the world are wishing someone had shared with them:

  • Find a mentor
    And while we’re on the topic of mentors, why limit yourself to just one? The more people you can turn to for advice – or to simply bounce an idea off of – the better! When it comes to advancing your career, the people you surround yourself with and the people you turn to for support are crucial to your success.

    1. Negotiate for money
      Even if you are making good money, there is a good chance you could probably make even more. What are you waiting for? Apply for that promotion. Ask for that raise. And know how to negotiate your salary when you get a new job. Use any movement upward as an opportunity to showcase your worth to get the pay, perks, and title you deserve.

  • Pay it forward
    Now that we’ve shared this advice with you, please pay it forward. Do you know anyone who could potentially benefit from hearing this type of advice? If so, please share these words of wisdom with them.

  1. Forgive yourself
    Nobody is perfect. We all inevitably make mistakes in our careers at some point. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take risks. In fact, studies have shown that strategically-planned risks can be a key to your success in the business world. Stay confident, know your self worth, and forgive yourself if and when you make mistakes. As long as you are learning from your mistakes, they are still worth it. Just view your missteps as opportunities for improvement and keep moving forward in your career journey.
  2. Don’t get burnt out on travel                                                                                                                                                           As a new professional, it can be tempting to always be the first one to volunteer for business travel to be a team player, but it can quickly lead to burnout. Business travel can sometimes be more stressful than fun, but there are ways to reduce the stress. Make a checklist so you don’t leave any essentials behind. If traveling by air, try to avoid busy travel days and pack smart by only bringing carry-on luggage to skip the long wait at baggage claim and ensure your bag makes it to your destination. If you find that you are being asked to travel too much, talk with your employer about your concerns. Perhaps you can discuss committing to only a certain number of travel days per month or year, or sharing the duty with another co-worker. If travel was never mentioned in the interview, bring this to your employer’s attention as well.
  3. Track your accomplishments
    Tracking your accomplishments on-the-job is great advice, regardless of what stage you’re in with your career. It is recommended that you do this in real time, as they happen. Write them down, update your resume/CV, or add them to your LinkedIn profile so you don’t forget them. Even better: consider creating your own website, complete with a bio, resume/CV, and career accomplishments. Not only will it look good in future job interviews when you are able to easily list your accomplishments at previous jobs, but it will also boost your confidence and can even help you negotiate that pay raise we mentioned above.
I wish I could tell you that working hard is all it takes to get ahead in the business world, but that’s unfortunately not all there is to it. Hopefully, these six tips give you a good idea of where to start when it comes to planning your career. Now go ahead, ask for that raise! You deserve it.