5 things to do at the start of your career.

5 things to do at the start of your career

5 things to do at the start of your career.

You've just graduated from education, and you've landed yourself your first full-time job. Boom! ...Now what?

No matter what age you start out, whether it's from school, college or university, there's always questions. There's always confusion and that feeling of being a little lost, right? There's the pressure of feeling like you need to have your shit together as soon as possible, and it really can be overwhelming.

The thing about your career, is that no-one gives you a 'how-to' guide. No-one sits you down and tells you how to navigate the world of business, office politics, or how to continue to build your working life the way you want to. You kinda just have to figure it out for yourself. So, to help us all out a little, here are five pieces of advice we'd give anyone who's just starting out on their own career journey.

Identify your passion.

The start of your career is the perfect time to experiment and figure out what it really is that you want to do. It's the time to try different things, explore a little and identify your passion. It's totally okay to switch things up and follow different paths - we can't be expected to jump into our first jobs and stick to it for the rest of our working lives.

If you've read my career story, you'll know that I was as an accountant for 3 1/2 years, before deciding that it wasn't for me and I now work in radio - doing something much more creative, much more fun, and in an environment that's much more 'me'. Will I stay in radio forever? Who knows. But for now, it's something that I love, I'm in an industry that excites me and one that I'm so much more motivated to excel in!

5 things to do at the start of your career

Network, network, network!

The best way to get anywhere or anything, is to know people. At the end of the day, it's not what you know, but who knows you. So, speak to people. Ask them what they do and tell them about yourself. Make it clear that you would be a value to them because you never know when you could use someone as a valuable contact - no matter what the industry.

Never pass up an opportunity to make new contacts, and always make sure that you're keeping good relationships with the ones that you already have. Business relationships are golden, so make some good ones!

Set yourself goals.

Goals are so, so important. They're a tool to help keep you motivated and focused on what you really want. Take some time to think about what exactly that is, and set yourself some goals to help you get there.

Set big, overall goals for yourself - such as 'I want to be a xxx by xxx', and then set yourself smaller goals that make up the steps you'll need to take to get yourself there.

Set yourself goals, write them down, and then hold yourself accountable! Only you will be able to take the steps you need to achieve them, and use your goals as a way of documenting how far you've come. Look back on the ones you set yourself 12 months ago, and I guarantee you'll be surprised at how many you've ticked off!

Take risks & learn.

Taking any kind of risk is terrifying, but particularly so when it comes to your career - because it can ultimately affect your life and your future. But, taking risks is a necessary part of growing yourself and your career, and it's a way for us to continue to learn.

Taking small and gradual steps outside of our comfort zone every day will really help us to get valuable experience - and if a risk doesn't work and we make a mistake? Learn from it. One of the best ways to learn is to make mistakes. So go ahead, do it. (Just as long as you do, in fact, learn from them and don't make them twice!)

Do it for you.

And finally, whatever decisions you make, make sure you do them for you. If you have a passion, chase after it. If you think an opportunity would be good for you, go for it. If you're in a job and you don't like it, take the steps you need to change it.

As sad as it may sound, we spend a large portion of our lives at work, doing our jobs and building a career, so you may as well make it something that you want to do, and something that you love.