3 Important Lessons for People Early in Their Careers

September 23, 2021

For young people just stepping into the workforce, career journeys can be daunting. This is especially so if you do not have any mentors or people in a successful career around you to learn from.

This is why I was excited to read this article by Rishad Tobaccowala, as he shares 12 career lessons he learned from his career.

I found it incredible insightful - with many practical and thought-provoking points to reflect upon on our own careers.

Here, I am only highlighting 3 early career lessons that I found resonated with me the most. If you found these useful, be sure to read the full article with the link at the end.

1. Jump on a future-focused trend

Being in industries and/or roles that will still be relevant, or better yet, much more in demand in future, is definitely something to go for.

The tailwinds from being in the right place at the right time can be incredible for your career too.

I especially enjoyed a quote he had: “Even mediocre players can succeed in an unstoppable tide”.

This is also highly relevant to the next lesson below.

2. Make decisions with a long-term horizon

While certain career choices might seem attractive in the short run, perhaps due to higher compensation, in the long run it might be less significant.

For perspective: Your career will likely span over the next 30-50 years, so your decision making should reflect that.

Set yourself up for success not just for the months ahead, but for tens of years ahead.

3. No job is perfect

Another great quote he had was: “Even the best jobs are only good seventy percent of the time”.

If your job will help you grow, it will definitely throw you challenges from time to time.

Growth is uncomfortable.

If you enjoyed these bite-sized career lessons, be sure to read his full article here: 12 Career Lessons

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