I came across this article on Forbes, describing the 9 job mistakes that could stall your entire career.
I have a resounding “YES” when I read this article! The career decisions you make in your 20s DO impact your career decisions in your 30s and beyond. Sorry — not to stress you out 🙂 — but those career you start in early on builds a solid foundation for you to build your career on. Don’t just think “industry” or “specialty” — THINK SKILLS! What skills do you need to take you to the next phase of your career. SKILLS TRANSFER AND TRANSCEND INDUSTRY, FUNCTION, and REGION. Do you have the right skills?
I think about where I am now in my career and I can see logical alignments between things that I gained when I first started out. Those early years out of college as an HR person were rough! I am that HR person who ‘accidentally’ got into HR . So I had to rely on other skills to compensate, but looking back, I’m SO glad that I did. Those experiences coupled with skills helped me take to career steps along the way. I’ve also had some great managers and mentors to help keep me on track and help me with leverage things that I’m good at (and things that I’m not so good at).
Okay –now that I’ve got you really freaked out — let me talk you off the ledge — check out the article and see if you’re made some of the 9 job mistakes that could stall your entire career. If so — no biggie! Once you are aware, you can take steps to make changes. Next check out the TED Talk: 30 is not the new 20, stressing the importance of that crucial time period post-college, especially when it comes to your career. And if you’re still needing some more convincing, try a read: The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How to Make the Most of Them Now
Don’t freak! Get information and take action. You’re gonna be okay! 🙂 —
Making the HR Connection, yours,