Being in your 20’s is a pivotal and challenging time. Some of you may be freshly graduating college and ready to embark on a new journey, and a new job. It can be a daunting time figuring out a career, where you want to go in life, and what you want to do. Take solace in the fact that this is a learning period and that not many people know the answers to those difficult life questions. Whether you are a millennial about to dip your toes into the working world for the first time or you are well into your first job, these tips can help you succeed.
1. Be your best salesperson.
Being able to market yourself is one of the most important skills you can have. When going into an interview, you are telling a story about who you are, where you came from, and what you can do. Know your story, and able to brand yourself.
2. Take risks.
This may be one of the only times in your life where you have the opportunity to experiment and take risks when it comes to your career. Putting yourself out there and reaching out of your comfort zone will greatly benefit you. Even if you aren’t sure your skillset is perfect for the job, remember that everyone in your situation is also in a place they may be uncomfortable in.
3. Build one killer skill.
What is it that you’re best at? Whatever it is, hone in on that skill and perfect it. Having one solidly crafted skill is much better than dabbling in a handful, and will make you very desirable in certain markets.
Understanding other cultures can help you succeed in the working world, and having knowledge of the world and global markets is extremely appealing to companies. If you have the opportunity to travel and experience new things, do so.
5. Stop overthinking.
One of the greatest downfalls of the millennial generation is your ability to pick apart every detail. Don’t! Take things one step at a time. Letting your mind be bogged down with uncertainties will only hinder your opportunity at success.
6. Learn how to save.
We all love to spend money, but think of your future self 10-20 years from now. Because millennials are so focused the right now, they often overlook the long term. Set aside a certain amount of money each month, your future self will thank you.