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Career Advice for My Younger Self

Career Advice for My Younger Self
From Recruiter - August 19, 2017

Two interesting things have happened to me in the past week.

First, I was asked the question, What advice would you give your younger self? Second, I attended my high school reunion.

Needless to say, both moments made me think about the past and the advice I would give a young person today.

First and foremost, Id tell myselfand any other young person listeningto focus on your strengths. As you grow up, people will strongly emphasize the importance of being well rounded and equally good at everything. As a result, we spend so much time trying to better the skills we struggle with. However, itsthe things were good at that make us special. You will go much farther if you pour your time into an area where you excel instead of stumbling around in an area at which youre not so great. Worry less about your weaknesses; celebrate your gifts instead.

Second, Id say you should listen to your gut. People with good intentions will try to guide you along the way. They may be parents, teachers, or friends. Some of their advice may be helpful, but some may not be. Its your job to sort the good from the bad.

Do a gut check with yourself before you make big decisions. Remember: Most people are best at giving advice for one specific area. Seek out mentors to help with specific decisions rather than all areas of your life. If you begin to head down a path that doesnt feel right, take a step back and reassess.

Similarly, if youre on a path that you are sure about and are receiving negative feedback from those who may not be in a place to advise you, take your time before switching paths. When I made the decision to move from Oklahoma to upstate New York to study engineering, I received some negative feedback, but Im glad I stayed focused on my mission. It was the best choice I could have made.



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