Young people enter the workforce with a lot of ambition, but they have a lot of competition—namely, every other young person. Tey Scott, the senior director of global talent acquisition at LinkedIn, tries to help young people get on the right track earlier. In an article for Fast Company, he shares five career lessons that are best learned sooner rather than later:
- “Should” has no place in your vocabulary.
- Your happiness need not depend on your job title.
- Earn what you ask for.
- Get beyond rejection.
- Legitimately care.
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When Scott says “should,” he means it in the sense of, “I should have done a better job,” or “I should have exceled to higher heights by now.” Thoughts like these are easy to think when you see a select few of your peers making incredible career leaps right out of the gate. But everyone has a different career path, and you should not compare your output and your ambition to others who have different priorities. Not everyone is playing by the same metrics.
Likewise, your job title should not dictate whether you get to be happy with your place in life. What is more important is the work you are doing and whether you are making a positive impact on others. And even then, your job is only one aspect of your life. Stop and appreciate all the good things that are happening in your life; do not get hung up on one trivial thing that brings down your perspective on everything else.
When you are pursuing advancement, like a promotion or even just a raise, do not fall into that Millennial stereotype of thinking you automatically deserve it. Stop and ask yourself if you are really putting in the extra work and effort to deserve those things. There should be no doubt in your mind that you have earned the things you are requesting.
But if your request gets rejected anyway, do not dwell on it:
If you find yourself getting passed over for a promotion, for example, you have a choice to make: Shut down, stay quiet, and expect something to magically change, or have an open and thoughtful conversation with your manager and mentors about what might be possible. Time after time, I see better results when I do the latter. Intentionally engage in creating the path that you want to create for yourself.
Lastly, in your career, you need to really, sincerely care—not just about yourself and getting ahead, but about the people and the connections you make along the way. When you earnestly invest yourself in helping others get ahead, they will likely reciprocate.
You can view the original article here: https://www.fastcompany.com/40481068/a-linkedin-leaders-top-5-career-lessons-to-learn-earlier