It’s like Forrest Gump said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates.’ Your career is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person you are today. That’s the exciting part – it’s an adventure in itself. – Nick Carter
The key with early careers is not whether or not one ‘chooses’ the right job, the right field, or the right company, the key is whether or not one made use of ALL that is out there to effectively start one’s working career.
Your early career must flow from your University education in terms of skills and knowledge. You have invested 4, sometimes 5, years of your life (most important) and money, in something that has to pay back. Otherwise, your education has been a ‘bad investment’.
I am an advocate of working, and working hard with utmost focus and loyalty, in an area related to one’s University Education for at least 2 years before moving on to something else. As Earl Nightingale said, one must exhaust everything in front of them before looking the other way, it will be key to your learning and next career decision.
And yes, I hear you, when it is within your control, this is easier said than done and it is at times when it is contextual, for example, during tough economic times, when things get really tough. However, I beg to differ.
Remember, we have never been more free and empowered in our careers … there are countries and people who are looking for help from those who know and they are willing to pay you for it. There are industries that can benefit from your skills.
Each experience you have starting from high school will impact your next decision.
Make use of all that is out there in your early career and it will be part of who you are … tomorrow.
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