As is common with many young professionals, you may not have begun your career exactly where you wanted to; however, that doesn’t mean that you should associate age with career success and advancement. As a recent college graduate, you must proactively seek out ways to learn and grow. In a recent Forbes article, Frances Bridges, highlights the first steps to career success.
1. Market Yourself
You are your biggest advocate and you must showcase your skill set and knowledge when speaking with the recruiter. Highlight important sections of your resume and be prepared to share an anecdote from work or daily life which displays how you will be a good fit for the role and the company.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
To grow, it is necessary to ask questions. Ask questions of not only your peers, but also those higher up on the corporate ladder. Gaining outside insight will help you to increase your knowledge and open your mind to varying worldviews. It is also a great way to build your network.
Decide what you want to do, such as start a blog, master a new language, or learn SQL, and go for it. Avoid distractions and carve out some time each day to devote to your goal. Your dedication will be worth it in the end.
4. Share Your Ideas
If you have an idea that could benefit your company, make sure to share it with your manager or another superior. Whether you have thought of a new way to increase the efficiency of your team, or a new way to market your product to additional audiences, your manager will appreciate your drive, leadership, and your ability to think outside of the box.
5. Have a Strong Support Group
Accomplishing your goals and getting ahead are not always easy tasks. When the going gets tough, it is always great to have a strong support system behind you who encourages you and believes in you even on your worst days. Look to your family, friends, mentors, and peers for this support.
Even in your twenties, you can get ahead in the business world. Success may not occur over night, but these steps can serve as a guide on your path to accomplishing your career goals.