IWD 2020: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED AT 25?
When you look back at your career do you ever think, I wish someone would have told me that? One behaviour we tend to exhibit as women according to the book "How Women Rise" By Sally Helgesen, Marshall Goldsmith is ruminating on our mistakes but if we start to look at these as learning opportunities then we can move past these and learn faster.
I recently watched a Carla Harris video around the career advice she would have given herself at 25 and it really had me thinking about what I would tell myself if I could go back in time.
Below are pieces of advice based on mistakes I have made and learnt from in my career.
Advice to myself at 25:
1) You are good enough and smart enough – Keep taking action, despite feelings of fear or uncertainty and you will see you are capable
2) Negotiate for salary – Always negotiate, don’t tell a new employer what you were on before …it doesn’t matter, tell them your salary expectations for the current role and base it on your experience
3) Ask for feedback – Feedback is a gift, make sure when you are given feedback you delve deeper and ask for specific behavioural examples. The only way to get better is to learn from your mistakes
4) Talk about your achievements – Make sure people know what you are working on, tell them in person or send re-caps of the projects you have completed
5) When working for a large organisation don’t do a project for the sake of it - Solve challenges that align with business needs but also lean into your own strengths and work on projects you feel passionate about
Would you like to hear from more women about what they would tell their younger selves? For International Women's Day ARNA has interviewed a number of exceptional Women Leaders on career advice for professional women. Check it out here IWD Interview
What is a piece of advice you would give your younger self?
Better yet, what Bold Move do you want to make in 2020?