The decisions you make as an emerging leader can impact your career trajectory. I say that not to scare you, but to emphasize how important it is that you make these choices carefully and with thought to the future. As your work to the next level as a leader, here are three of the best actions and ideas for mapping your future.
Find a Mentor
“Part of finding a mentor means learning how to appropriately follow up, add value to your mentor's life and career, and be proactive in your own career growth. These lessons can apply to any worker at any stage of their career. Especially for young workers who are just emerging in an industry or lack the experience needed to progress, you might feel self-conscious and wary of your endeavors. Sometimes, all you need in these moments is someone to look up to, someone who has been in your shoes but created their own path to success.” How to Find a Mentor by Matt D’Angelo, Business News Daily
It’s OK to Be Uncomfortable
“At any part of your career, you need to learn new things -- and for that to be relatively painless later in your career, you need to build that habit now. So instead of running away from things you’re not good at, lean into them…It’s very easy to fall back on your natural talents or training, but you’ll be well served if you invest the time and effort to push yourself on your greatest areas of weakness early and often in your career.” What No One Tells You About Your Career When You're 22 by Katie Burke, Hubspot
Money is Not Everything
“Money is not what you really need! The start of my career focused entirely on fishing for dollars. The more I chased dollars, more dollars escaped me. My mind was not in position to attract what I really needed, which was confidence in myself to deliver quality service for quality pay.” Eight Important Pieces Of Advice For Young Business Professionals, Forbes Coaches Council, Forbes