Just starting out in your career? Read this.

On paper, this is supposed to be the prime of your life. Young, free, out of the education system and with a realm of possibilities lying ahead. Why then, do so many of us enter this phase of worry and anxiety early in our careers?

“I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up”

We spend all of these years in education being asked where we think we’ll be in the future and though many of us have a pretty good idea, when it comes to it, within the first few years of our careers, we end up somewhere we hate. You might now be at a stage in your life where you don’t see a clear path of progression or you’re worried you’ll end up somewhere opposite to where your true passion lies. However, with just a little bit of forward thinking, a bit of reflection and self-awareness, you’ll put yourself in a strong starting position for these early years of your career.


What would I need to do 9-5 to be able to say ‘I’ve had the best day’?

If you’re ever lucky enough to get an interview at Facebook, this is one of the first questions they ask. “What does your best day look like” It enables them to understand what drives and motivates people. By asking yourself this question, you’ll get a feel for what your true passions are and how you can convert these into an enjoyable career where every day could feel like you best. Even if you don’t have the required skills and experience to hop straight into this dream career, you’ll be able to start identifying the steps needed to take in order to get there.


What drives me toward this career?

What are you going for in life? Is it the money, to make a name for yourself, to financially support others, to support a cause that’s close to your heart? There should be a clear correlation between the ‘best day’ logic and what drives you there. Knowing what it is that drives you is a powerful tool; not only for the bigger picture, but for giving you a kick of motivation when you need it most day to day.


Do I know what I need to do to progress in this career path?

Once you’ve determined what your best day looks like and why it is that way, next you need to work out how to get there. Fortunately for us, we live in the information age, which means we can quickly gather the required info on progression into any career. However, a better way to learn this is to reach out to your professional network, friends & family or even utilise LinkedIn to find someone who is where you want to be. The simplicity of asking someone who has achieved your goals already will not only provide you with guidance but also hope and motivation that it can be done.


Always remember…

Once you’ve considered these questions, you’ll have a really strong idea as to what it is your passions are, what motivates you and then what you need to do in order to actually get there. Now you’ve answered these questions, here are four pieces of day-to-day careers advice that you should always remember…


Work harder than anyone else around you

Success is predicated on two things; talent and hard work. The beauty of the latter is that it does not discriminate. Putting in the work is what separates those with talent from the rest. Getting promotion, pay rise or new job, is predicated on your ability to demonstrate an unparalleled work ethic.

Embrace uncertainty

With the ever increasing ‘threat’ of automation, there aren’t a lot of jobs or industries that seem completely immune to change. Embracing uncertainty means you’re prepared for change and able to adapt; a trait that will turn the heads of any recruiter! Being open and flexible in times of change is an admirable skill for any job.

Be patient

After spending years in education, unfortunately, a lot of us believe we’ll just fall into the perfect, well-paying job and that’s it. But that’s not always the way. Being able to express patience and see the bigger picture will allow you to be more relaxed in your day to day work and give you something to aspire to if ever you’re needing motivation.

Be nice, to everyone

People really do underestimate the value in this. There really isn’t a lot to say on this point. The way you treat other’s defines your character in the eyes of the world; you want that to be a kind character of course! Treating people with kindness and respect goes beyond being nice to your superiors in advance of pay rise discussions. Be nice, to everyone.


This post was inspired by a video on the same theme by Gary Vaynerchuk. Now you’ve read the article, watch to see what inspired it…

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