By Kibet Tobias
20’s is a life-changing moments to most of us. It is such a time when a career foundation is laid down. And depending on how you carry yourself, your success or failure starts here.
Either ways, I’ve compiled top lessons from my own experince and those of thers that I had learnt.
Important Career Lessons To Learn In Your 20s
1. Learn from your mistakes
With the rate at which technologies are changing today, if you decide that you are done learning just because you graduated, you will be left behind so sooner. You will never wake up and regret having invested in your mind by learning something new.
To succeed and have a prosperous career in your 20s, you need to be active and contribute your true efforts in it. You thus need to know the most deadly of the career mistakes and avoid them in your career.
2. Connect With People
Even if everything you research about the field you’re interested in sounds promising, until you actually talk with people who work within that field, you really don’t know what you’re in for. As such, you should be growing and refreshing your professional contacts daily.
Use online social sites like WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or others to connect. Don’t be shy about connecting with people you’ve met in person on these social networks.
Doing this will help you stay top of mind, far more than business cards or emails, which can easily get filed away and forgotten. Your tweets, LinkedIn posts, and other social media activity can make your relationship with connections feel closer and more intimate.
It’s very important to consider your online presence, as more and more employers have been expanding their hiring procedures to incorporate social networking sites. Hiring managers and recruiters use social media to source candidates, to post jobs, and to accept job applications.
3. Don’t take a job for the money
Though it is difficult to get away from the lust of money, but choosing a career for money is also a solution.
So, don’t take up a career just because it pays more and no growth opportunities. The charm of money fades away over a period of time, while career growth and skill enhancement takes you long and high.
You obviously need to be financially strategic when choosing your next career, but don’t base your decision majorly on earning money. It is too early.
Would you be happy being paid more money to do a job you aren’t into? Maybe at first, but the novelty will likely wear off sooner than later.
It’s not that you should disregard salary when evaluating your options, but you must consider the room for growth factor.
4. Research on the job market
At 20, you might not be sure what field you want to go into. So it’s important to research industries and positions to find a good match for your skills and career goals.
This enables you to identify the best opportunities for you. It also gives you a competitive advantage by developing your knowledge about the sector.
5. Job Hopping
Switching jobs too frequently catches a bad impression. Employers usually are seen avoiding such candidates, who are too frequent in changing their job as it reflects lack of perseverance,Lack of reliability & non-commitment to work.
Changing job just because your boss criticized you before the whole team or you hate your job is not advisable. Job hopping is a big decision and you have to be reasonable in it.
Consequently, it’s in your best interest to stay at your current job until you have your next one set up. It is very important for you to get the required work experience commonly needed in the field. Don’t quit early.
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6. Lack of career planning
If you don’t plan your career for both short term goals as well as long term goals you may end up confused and stagnating at a position.
Be proactive and give your career a strategic supplement.
7. Perfect your skills
Are there more effective ways to do your job? Are there aspects of your job you could change to make your department or your coworker’s lives easier? Is there a more efficient way to perform a task?
Look for opportunities to enhance your job, especially if it enhances how others do their job. All employers are looking to increase their efficiency and doing so proves you are a transformative employee.
It’s vital to keep up-to-date on your knowledge and skills. Becoming an expert in your field sets you apart from the average employee and builds your career.
Having all these in mind, may your career journey be successful.
Work to live. Don’t live to work!