It’s a process that we all go through – we start out with school, go on to college, and then find a job to help support our future; and when we enter the professional world, we find that it’s a whole new ball game. School and college can only teach us so much and help us gain a toehold in the business world. Some people thrive and flourish while others crash and burn out before they’ve hit their prime. So if you’re a young professional who wants to want to achieve life and career success, you must be aware of a few ground rules:
- Your work (and the fame and fortune it could bring you) is not the only thing in life that matters.
- You cannot afford to shirk your responsibilities, on both the personal or professional fronts.
- Unless you can find a way to achieve a work-life balance, your life is never going to be peaceful and harmonious.
And based on these unwritten rules, let’s take a look at some of the dos and don’ts for young professional life and career success:
- DO put your best foot forward at your first job – it makes or breaks your career success.
- DO enjoy your job – if you don’t, try and find another one or enjoy the perks that this job provides; you must feel satisfied with yourself and your performance if you want to avoid burning out or feeling disillusioned as the days go by.
- DO try to get along with your coworkers – your ability to work as part of a team is a significant aspect of career success.
- DO take the time and make the effort to continue learning in the workplace – no matter how much you think you know there’s always something more you don’t know.
- DO understand your responsibilities and do them to the best of your ability.
- DO build networks and stay connected to people in your line of work – if you ever want to switch jobs, you’re going to need their help.
- DO aspire to learn all you can and gain the maximum experience before you start thinking of going into business for yourself.
- DON’T behave irresponsibly, in the workplace or in public – it does not reflect well on your professional image.
- DON’T put up embarrassing and inappropriate content on your social network profiles – they could come back to haunt you at the worst possible time.
- DON’T neglect your family and friends in the pursuit of your career success ambitions – a climb up the career ladder is important, but not if you’re going to find yourself alone at the top.
- DON’T misuse company resources for personal reasons – everyone may seem to be doing it, but if you’re found out, they’re not going to step up to support or defend you.
- DON’T adopt a hostile attitude at work – it only leads to constant friction with your coworkers and creates an atmosphere that’s not conducive to productivity and your career success.
Every profession has its pros and cons – the key to becoming a career success and staying that way is to maximize the pros and minimize the cons.
The common sense career success coach point here is simple. There are several dos and don’ts for young professionals when it comes to creating life and career success. Most are common sense. If you follow the career advice in tips like these, you can’t go wrong. Understand your responsibilities and do them to the best of your ability. Get along with your coworkers – your ability to work as part of a team is a significant aspect of professional success. Take the time and make the effort to continue learning in the workplace – no matter how much you think you know there’s always something more you don’t know. Don’t put up embarrassing and inappropriate content on your social network profiles – they could come back to haunt you at the worst possible time.
That’s my take on the career advice in Mark Davies’ dos and don’ts for young professional career success. What’s yours? Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us in a comment. As always, thanks for reading.
Source: Bud Bilanich