22 Pieces of Advice Every Career Girl Needs to Hear
Four years ago, I was an unpaid intern at Vogue and today I manage a talented copywriting team at TripAdvisor. How did I get there? Well, let's just say it's been one hell of a journey and I'm only getting started. Here are some of the no-bullshit things I've learned along the way...
- Show up every single morning like you're meant to be there. You got the job for a reason, you know.
- Never tell your boss you can't do something. You can, I promise. Say you'll figure it out and then do so. A can-do attitude will have a big impact on the trajectory of your career.
- Having clothes you feel confident in is important. If you feel better you'll work better. Invest in some good basics. You'll easily earn the money back further down the line.
- One word: sleep. There's nothing successful about sleep deprivation. Feeling well-rested and ready for work is real #goals.
- Make work BFFs, but don't get too involved with the office drama du jour. The occasional rant with a trusted co-worker is fair game. But cliques and bitching? Not so much.
- Keep a record of all of your accomplishments and achievements from day one on a new job. You'll be glad you did.
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- Everyone you work with - good or bad - is indirectly mentoring you, all the time. There is so much to be learned from observing the capable and the incompetent.
- Stop apologising for everything. A delayed response to an email or not being able to work late again doesn't warrant an apology.
- But do take ownership when you truly mess up - people will only respect you more for it.
- You're doing so much better than you think.
- When you're starting out, switching employers every year or so is a good thing. Go get the salary you deserve, stat.
- Having £££ in a savings account is the difference between freedom and having to stay in a job you hate because of financial constraints. It's that simple.
- Never get complacent. Even if you love your job, keep your LinkedIn updated and your mind open to other opportunities, always.
- The single best question you can ask when being interviewed is: 'What is your biggest problem and how can I solve it?' Thank me later. And once you get the job? Keep asking it.
- Mistakes are healthy. If you're making mistakes, you're learning quicker. Don't be afraid of them. Just try not to make the same one twice.
- The most interesting, exciting careers never go exactly to plan. Embrace that.
- Learning more = earning more. Take advantage of your company's training budget and get involved with free skill sessions like Google's Digital Garage.
- We all have bad days. But no job is worth bad weeks that turn into months.
- Times are changing. You don't get ahead just by doing your job well, you progress by making things happen that are beyond your job description.
- No matter how much you achieve, never forget what it felt like to be the new intern on his or her first day.
- Praising someone else doesn't steal your shine. It only makes you shine brighter.