Most of us start careers at a young age. Many are mere teenagers when we get into the professional market. Not all of us are mature at such a young age. We are bound to make mistakes. And every time we make a mistake, we learn something new.
If you have someone looking over you, one who is guiding you at each step, then things get a lot easier. Now that I'm a grown up man and a mature professional, I wish someone judged my performances when I was young. Moreover, there are certain career advice I wish someone had given me when I was 18.
If I could go back in time, I would definitely sit back with my younger self and give him following advice on his career:
Get a Mentor. The most important thing which you should do is seek the services of a mentor. Find yourself a career guru who will guide you along your road to success. If you start taking things on your own, you will need longer time to succeed, compared to one who is following the leads of a successful person.
Don't be Afraid to Speak Up. Many of us lag behind others just because we are too shy to ask questions. Don't be afraid to speak up. Raise your voice not just to speak, but for the sake of learning. Ask a lot of questions and make sure they are answered.
Invest in Yourself. The one person who can guarantee you success is your own self. So, make sure you invest in yourself. Pay, if you have to, to raise the levels of your skill set. It is knowledge which will help you become a leader, otherwise, you will remain a follower.
Start Saving and Invest. Warren Buffett has a very good advice for us all. He says that we should start investing at very young age. So, if I were to go back in time and give my younger self an advice, I would tell him to start investing early. This is only possible when your savings are high. Don't overspend, save money and invest it to make more money.
Make Mistakes and Learn from Them. We are destined to make mistakes. So, as a young teenager who is about to start his professional career, I would love being advised to make a lot of mistakes, and learn from them.
Love what you do. You don't need to hate your job. Love what you do as this will improve your efficiency at work, and you will be able to showcase your prowess in a better way.
Make your own decisions and take rapid actions. Take advice from everyone and at the end make your own decisions. Make decisions and take rapid actions to fulfil them. Set smart goals and work hard on their accomplishment.
Don't be Afraid of Change. Last but not the least, don't be afraid to change. As Bruce Lee said, be like water. So, you should learn how to mold yourself with changing times.