For the past couple of days, I've been doing profile interviews for a national consumer magazine. It started out as work, but to be honest, it was mostly fun having drinks with successful young women and chatting with them about lives, work and climb up the career ladder.
A learnt a lot from these women, but for now, I will share 4 lessons that immediately stuck in mind:
1. Research your dream job - If you dig a little deeper, you may find other jobs options in the industry that you love. This will help you become versatile, and may take you in directions you never even dreamt were possible.
2. Be willing to take risks - After finishing her internship, one of the women was offered a secretarial position in the company, rather than something that was in line with her training. She graciously declined the offer, and started looking for a starter position in line with her dream job.
3. It's easier to work hard when you love your job - these young women love waking up in the morning and going to work. They are not just driven by the money or prestige. As a result, they are more willing to put in the long hours and dedication that fuels career success.
4. Go the extra mile - A common theme among the young women is that they did their work so well that they were a) promoted to higher positions as senior people moved on to greener pastures b) were recommended by colleagues who moved onto other companies.
I'll give a heads up on the blog when the magazine issues are published, so you can grab yourself a copy.