Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The 5 things that I wish I knew when I finished university

1.       Get a professional mentor
Find someone who is older and has been successful in their career. They can help you in yours by giving sound career advice. Their only motivation should be to help you and should not be self-serving.
2.       The grass is not always greener on the other side
Sometimes we make rash decisions to change jobs without fully weighing all of our options. There will always be difficult people and situations in every position. Weigh the pros and cons before you jump ship.
3.       Your Bachelor’s degree can only get you so far
Your attitude is just as important as your degree. If people like you, you will get more doors opened to you. There are many successful people out there who do not have degrees and they are also your competition.
4.       Emotional Intelligence is very important today, especially if you are a manager
This is all about identifying your emotions, being aware of the emotions of others and keeping your emotions in check. This skill is important when you manage people, especially if these people are across different cultures.
5.       Contribute to your RRSP/401K early and often

It’s never too early to save and no amount is too small.  When you’re in your 20’s , you don’t think of retirement but trust me the time value of money is so important as part of a growth strategy.

Happy selling