Don’t Sit At The End, And Don’t Sit In The Middle
I realized during my last semester of college I was always taking notes on tidbits of advice I needed to carry with me into the work world. Let me set the record straight: not all advice is good advice, even coming from an established professor. In fact, a lot of the advice I heard was quite intimidating and anxiety filled.
There was a rectangle drawn on the dry-erase board and my professor was taking the last 30 minutes of class to share his wisdom on professional meetings. I wrote down every word he said:
“For a meeting, don’t be the first one sitting down, don’t sit on the end because it makes you look ignorant, and don’t sit in the middle because it will look like you want to be the center of attention.” –T.H.
As much as I appreciated the advice, it also made me second-guess every move I made. At INK, I have gained perspective on advice that matters and advice that doesn’t. Here’s my top five most pertinent pieces of career advice (especially at your first job).
1. Ask Questions: Don’t be scared to ask questions. It doesn’t make you any less of an employee to ask questions, especially if it has to do with a task you are working on. At INK, I love how when I ask questions I feel comfortable and my co-workers are willing to help me (thanks y’all)!
2. Details Matter: A professor once told our class the hardest part of working in PR full-time is realizing we have to juggle multiple things at once. He said we will make mistakes at first, silly mistakes, but we must learn to juggle multiple things and learn to pay attention to details. I didn’t believe him at the time, but it’s true.
3. Fail Fast: Don’t dwell on errors. Making mistakes are not “OK,” but what is worse is worrying about it. The best thing you can do is correct the error as timely as possible, and learn from it.
4. Devote Yourself: Don’t half-ass anything. It makes you and the company you work for look bad.
5. Find a Job Perfect for You: Get internships and realize what work environments best suit you. Try big companies, small companies, even try a new location, but through those experiences, take note of what worked and what didn’t.