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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career

/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/10517585_10204393013886450_5055103348110987592_n_547683.jpgBack when I started my career in the late 90s, things were a little different – I didn’t get a laptop and used a pager to learn about work emergencies on the weekends. Although the technology has changed, some things never change. There are 5 lessons I’ve learned throughout my career that I wish someone had shared with me when I was just starting out…

1. Hustle. If you want to get ahead, no doubt you need to work hard. But doing hard work in a vacuum can go unnoticed. You need to share your success, share your results and most importantly – ask for what you want. Have an open relationship with your manager (if you can) about your expectations, about communication, about your passions so he/she can support your career journey.

2. You Are Your CEO. Treat your career like a business. Build your Brand and seek to understand your talents, your passions, and what you have to offer. Build your “Board of Directors” with people who support you. Knowing who you are and having an idea of where you want to go (think short and long-term career goals) is so important. Don’t expect handouts, don’t expect direction – go out and find it.

3. Nurture Your Network. Treat your network like family. Don’t be a person who you only hear from when you need something – help people. Volunteer for projects outside of your team, be open to new ideas, new people, be eager to learn. Find mentors and more important, find sponsors.

4. Don’t Search for Jobs, Create Them. The best roles I’ve had in my career were not found on a job board – they were created by me based on a need I saw in my organization. Be smart and be proactive. Understand your customer and always seek to make their life better.

5. You Can Have It All. It is possible to have a successful career and a successful home life. You need to understand and define your own personal balance in your life. Don’t expect a company to give it to you…set your boundaries otherwise you won’t be happy. If you decide to have children, it isn’t easy right away but it gets better. Do yourself a favor and let go of the guilt. Oh and that stuff Sheryl Sandberg says about an equal partner IS SO TRUE.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks for reading, Melanie!

      Author's profile photo Kamlesh Kumar Arya
      Kamlesh Kumar Arya

      Fantastic article.

      This is going to help a lot. If we are being noticed by our Managers then absolutely we will get most of the benefits as well as personal too. 😉

      Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      Kamlesh

      Author's profile photo Katarina Hustatyova
      Katarina Hustatyova

      Very true, and inspiring.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Good advice, thanks.

      Author's profile photo Katryn Cheng
      Katryn Cheng

      Absolutely true. Thank you for putting so well.

      Author's profile photo Thamizharasi Nagappan
      Thamizharasi Nagappan

      Thanks for Sharing Liz.. A 1000 likes:)

      Author's profile photo Andre Mateus Gava
      Andre Mateus Gava

      Good initiative to share this thoughts. Thanks

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for your sharing.

      "You Are Your CEO"


      I heard  same from my company owner.

      Thanks for your brief explanation.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Dear Liz Brenner,

      This is Excellent Blog...

      Thanks&Regards

      Umesh Vaidya

      Author's profile photo Krishna K
      Krishna K

      It's nice one and it is giving zeal and enthusiasm to work & learn new things..

      Regards,

      Krishna

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Excellent blog.


      Thanks for sharing.

      Best regards,

      TVSon

      Author's profile photo Luciano de Toledo Santos
      Luciano de Toledo Santos

      Great lessons. Thanks for sharing.

      Author's profile photo Sachin Balmiki
      Sachin Balmiki

      Thanks for sharing, a very good Blog, "Don’t Search for Jobs, Create Them" this one is awesome..


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Good to know, thanks for sharing your experience.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Amazing thoughts and tips! Thanks for sharing.

      Author's profile photo harsh sisodia
      harsh sisodia

      These are really helpful tips. Thanks for sharing.

      Author's profile photo rajesh bethamcharla
      rajesh bethamcharla

      Really inspiring....Thanks for sharing.. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Mohammad Ansari
      Mohammad Ansari

      Good write-up. Thanks.

      Author's profile photo Stacy Ries
      Stacy Ries

      Great post Liz - looking forward to your panel on Feb. 10th - and the "equal partner" point is a very good one (sidebar, I think I first learned about this approach in one of your early posts).

      Author's profile photo Kenneth Moore
      Kenneth Moore

      Some good advice.

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      Former Member

      Absolutely true. Thanks for sharing

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Good One !!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      "Don’t Search for Jobs, Create Them"

      thanks for your sharing

      Author's profile photo Rahul Fern
      Rahul Fern

      Love it. Thanks for sharing. It is so true

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      6. Be in the Right Place at the right Time

      Business scenario today is ever changing. Find out what is today's (not the literal Today.) priority and focus on that.

      Author's profile photo Julian Weins
      Julian Weins

      Thanks!
      Very important for me as a student addicted to SAP.