10 things to always remember and never forget.

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10 things to always remember and never forget.

Unfortunately for my parents, and fortunately for me; I never grew out of the “Why? Why? Why?” stage most children go through. Being significantly younger than my sister, I always thought I was older than I was, wanting to know the reasoning or workings behind everything I was taught. Because of this, I have always asked everyone I have met a million and three questions. This annoying quality has landed me a plethora of advice, both good and bad. But as I began my college career looking for internships, opportunities and jobs, I have compiled a list of the 10 most important pieces of professional advice I have ever received.

  1. The most important thing is the ability to work hard and hold a conversation.
  2. Write down the words you hear or read, but you don’t know the meaning of and look them up later.
  3. Never work somewhere that doesn’t align with your morals. You can change your job, you can change your salary, but you can’t change your values.
  4. People are selfish. Although this can be a bad thing in some ways, it means that no one is ever intentionally out to get you.
  5. This also means that no one is ever paying as close attention to you as you think they are. You are your own biggest competitor.
  6. Be thoughtful. Always follow up and write thank you notes.
  7. Invest yourself somewhere that will invest itself in your education and growth.
  8. Your first job doesn’t have to be your forever job. It’s okay to be a quitter sometimes. Life is short, don’t waste it being miserable.
  9. Be yourself in interviews, you are not only interviewing for a job, but also to be a part of a team. Personality and attitude matter just as much as skill set.
  10. When you mess up you are not a failure, you failed. Everyone fails, and it is your choice what you do with your mistakes. You can learn, or you can give up.


2 Comments

Emily Woodward

Emily Woodward

February 4, 2019at 7:49 pm

I really like your post. I agree so much with #9. It’s so important for the company to see if you’d be a good fit personality-wise as well as professional-wise, so that you can be happy and work with people that you’d get alone with!

Cindy Cheng

Cindy Cheng

February 5, 2019at 12:43 pm

I also never grew of the Why stage either! I always wanted to know the reasoning behind every answer I’ve received. These are all such great advices and specifically, #10 is one advice I need to keep reminding myself. Thanks for sharing!

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