I’ve been an entry-level employee for more than nine months now, and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. The bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young professional I was now sees the real business world.
It’s not all rainbows, sunshine, and funfetti cupcakes. Lay-offs, firings, demotions, and pay-cuts are real. I sound pessimistic, right? But I’m not. Seeing reality has made me more passionate about my work than I ever thought possible. Success is always attainable.
A few pieces of advice to anyone who’s taking his or her first step into the workforce:
Ask questions. I know it’s common sense, but I still see the consequences of botched communication almost every day. Even if you think you understand a task, repeat it back to the supervisor. If you don’t understand or know a process, or don’t know a term—ask. Your supervisors will be more confident in you and trust you with more responsibilities.
Discuss your career goals. Your biggest advocates at the company are your supervisors. If they don’t know where you want your career to go, they can’t help it along.