What advice would you give to someone just starting their career, applying at their first job?
For the people starting their career, there are millions of advice someone can share, but I would only prompt 3 that were very important to me:
- Be honest and humble: this should bring to a rookie two core values, one is trust/reliability and the other one is easy openness to asking/receiving knowledge and feedbacks.
- Self-drive willingness and resilience: no matter the line manager you have, the inner boost it the one that keeps you motivated and determines proactivity, setback recoveries and moving things forward in an agile and empowered way.
- Always challenge your thinking and actions: there is a saying, what does not kill you, makes you better. Don’t be afraid to do mistakes, take smart odds when you feel it, push your mind to do more and better every time. There is always room for improvement.
Now, for the ones applying for their first time, there are again 3 things I would encourage them to do:
- Make sure that the job you applied to is at least 60% compatible with your desires, otherwise, you and the assessors will be losing your time.
- Be yourself during the interview: remember, even if you are showing a different/better version of you, once you will start working, people will figure it out. So it is you and their story they want and need, not a virtual character.
Once you get the job, remember the starting career advice from above.