30-Somethings Talk to 20-Somethings

November 15, 2017

When we get older, we get wiser, but it’s tough to listen to wisdom because it sounds boring and cliché. So I interviewed some former clients, now in their 30’s and asked them to pass on some wisdom. Simply put I asked them a few questions. The first one was, “What would you tell your 22-year old self about launching his/her career after college?

Here’s some of their wisdom:

  1. Make career mis-steps early, i.e. don’t be too picky as you need experience as quickly as possible. I took lots of jobs, tried hard, made mistakes and then pivoted! Worked like a charm.
  2. Network, network, network.  Get over the fact that it feels weird and creepy. So much of finding your dream job is talking to the right people and you can’t meet the right people unless you talk to everyone. And I’m an introvert.
  3. Don’t be afraid to have an adventure. I moved to Colorado for a year and that was a useful experience. Go volunteer abroad, do something your degree never touched on, learn a new skill (language would be helpful, too). And then talk about it in interviews.
  4. There are soooo many jobs and opportunities you’ve never heard of. Do some research! Definitely work with a career coach and definitely, definitely read “The Defining Decade” (I have read this about three times now and it never gets old). Don’t be afraid to sign up for things where you don’t know anyone. The world is not actually a menacing and scary place unless you make it that in your head.

Jo Leonard – Chief Cheerleader and Carer Coach

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