When you step onto the career ladder it can be really scary and overwhelming. You start to get constantly bombarded with questions about what you are doing with your life and are expected to have it all together. The reality is that most people are just winging it. I’m learning more and more everyday about what’s going on in this crazy world of work and how to keep my feet on the ground amongst all the madness. Here are five things I have learnt so far:
1. It’s not a race.
One of the most important things I am learning is to not compare myself to others. (Obviously that’s much easier to say than to implement). But honestly, everyone is following their own path in life and will achieve their goals in different ways. You never know who has helped them, what financial support they have had or how long it’s taken them to get there. Focus on yourself and what is realistic, set achievable goals and work on improving and bettering yourself. As long as you radiate good vibes you will attract positive energy.
2. It’s okay to not know what you want to do.
Yes, it would be ideal to have a clear idea of my dream job and work towards this gradually. But I have no idea and that’s okay because I am able to experience all different things to find out what it is I do and don’t like. That’s the only way you can find out I guess. Some people are half way through their life until they find their passion. Just keep trying new experiences and you never know where it may lead you.
3. Your greatest strength is just being you.
I’ve realised that with most jobs they don’t just look for exact skills or qualifications. They are looking at you as a person. With regards to businesses they have to buy into you first in order to buy into your brand. I truly believe that what is meant to be will be and as long as you are being yourself the right career path will follow. It’s important to remember that almost everyone has some form of qualification these days but only you can do you and that is what is unique and special.
4. It’s not just what you know it’s who you know.
Since having the opportunity to work alongside some very successful business people, I have always been keen to find out how they reached their current position. Surprisingly, most of the time they had just fallen into these job roles through recommendations and word of mouth. I recently watched a couple of the Alexa Chung Vogue collection videos on YouTube. Where she asked the style director of Vogue how she reached her current position and she simply replied:
“I called up the office where the editor in chief answered the phone (because the assistant was away) and she invited me in for an interview. She offered me the worst job as the assistant to the petty cash lady, I managed to meet lots of people and worm my way up from there.”
I guess all I’m trying to say is how important it is to network. Being polite doesn’t cost a penny and it does go a long way to gaining respect.
5. Don’t lose touch of what’s important to you.
Yes, everyone is busy building their own empires and being their own form of #GIRLBOSS but never forget who supported you, raised you and helped you get there. Be careful not to stretch yourself to far because you don’t have to do everything to do well. Your friends and family are going to be there if everything breaks down and when cracks start to appear they can help mend them. So make time for quality time.
Lots of love,