Often you get to a point in your life where you say: “I’m very happy and proud to have made that choice when I was 25! He’s paying me back now!”, or you can go as far as saying “Why didn’t I do it twenty years ago?”.
If you don’t want to be in the latter case, here are the guides to follow:
1- Don’t be afraid to get close to the Mentors
If you work in the company, you should not be “ashamed” to ask more experienced colleagues to support you in your professional growth, as they have most likely been in the same situation as you years ago, and will be willing to share their experiences with you. The best people to work with are those who hold the position you would like to hold in 10/15 years’ time, retracing the same career path they faced. They are also the people who could be most useful if you were to seize an opportunity in the company in the future.
2- Share your skills
Outside the office, the experience you have gained will be useful if you are used to passing on your passions and knowledge related to your field of work to others. Thanks in particular to social media, you have many tools through which to share new work experiences and knowledge learned, as you go along your career path. Being known among people as someone who knows how to do their job well and loves to do it, could allow you to be the first to turn to in the future in case of important opportunities in your area of expertise.
3- Make sacrifices and take risks
At the age of 20, you don’t usually have a lot of responsibilities and obligations to fulfil, except for rent and bills: this is the right age to make the riskiest choices that could pay you back twenty years later.
This does not mean making hasty decisions without considering the consequences, but not being afraid to take risks, as at this age there is always time to remedy.
4- Seize learning opportunities
If you work for a company that pays you for refresher courses or certifications useful for your professional growth, do not miss the opportunity to make the most of it. The continuous development of new knowledge is vital for professional growth. If you are not sure what is the best training path to follow, look at some job advertisements and see what are the requirements and skills most required, so you will know how to enhance your professional background.
5- Keep in touch with your acquaintances
A very important aspect to take into account, especially at the age of twenty, is the network of contacts you have. It may seem trivial, but it is of great importance not to lose contact with your classmates in high school and university, as these contacts could prove useful and strategic even many years later. For unity, you can gather in one company and cook the pie for the holiday.