What I Wish I’d Learned Early on in My Career

February 6, 2014

Career Advice

7484484848_c6038e1e56Ever had one of those coulda, woulda, shoulda feelings? They’re not fun. But the one good thing that can come from regret is sharing your story with others — so THEY can learn from your mistakes. We’ve gathered up a few common lessons that many professionals wish they’d learned at an earlier age. Take their wisdom, learn from it, and know that you’re one step ahead with your newfound knowledge.

1. Don’t settle for the first job offer that’s thrown on the table.
It’s hard to say no to a paycheck, but it’s also important to consider all aspects of a job offer from the salary to the commute time to the job responsibilities. Will this position make you happy?  Notice the emphasis on the happy — not on the salary.

2. It’s hard to be successful doing something you don’t love.
Looking for fame and fortune but despise showing up to work each day? Well you better find a new path. Riches, happiness, and success comes much more easily to those who are passionate and inspired.

3. Learn who you can trust — and who you can’t.
No one can get by without a little help from their friends — er, coworkers. But some will be more reliable and efficient than others. Learn who you can count on and who is contributing toward your successes.

4. Never underestimate happiness.
People like to be around a happy person. Happy people have lots of friends. And in a business environment, that will always be an advantage. Start building friendships now. It’s never too late.

5. Don’t grow complacent.
Even your dream job could eventually become boring. It’s important to always be challenged, always be learning, and always be a little bit scared by the responsibility that’s been placed on your shoulders.

What wisdom would you add?

Image via LiveLifeHappy/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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