Tips for Starting a New Job as a Young Adult Part 2
A couple of weeks ago, I shared some tips and advice about starting a new job as a young adult. Primarily focusing on what to do and what not to do. If you haven't read it and are interested, check it out here.
Today I wanted to share with you Part 2 of these tips and 'things I've learned.'
This past week, I had the opportunity to sit with and talk with some of the most successful leaders period, and they happen to be within my company. So of course I did what I always do, I asked them 1,000 questions about how they define success, leadership, and handle time management. One conversation in particular, I found myself chatting with an established co-worker about young adults. He has had many opportunities of leadership, managing and development with all kinds of people including young adults. When he asked me what the biggest mistake young adults make, I made a few statements referring back to my previous post that I had just written. Specifically I spoke about how many young adults I know find themselves in a job they really dislike, namely because they are under leadership that doesn't encourage them to grow, but forces them in a box.
His response and advice is summarized on what he feels are the biggest mistakes for young adults in the workforce below.
1. Don't stop pushing the creative envelope.
Although you may feel like you are being placed in a box and limited to what you can create, I encourage you to gain the trust of one person of influence within the company and take the right opportunities to share with them your dreams. Some things may be basic updates and changes that have been put off, others may be larger ideas you have to take things to the next level. Either way, don't stop believing that the ideas you have aren't important for the organization. I guarantee you they ARE. Sometimes you may share these ideas and others with more influence may use them as their own when presented to implement. If that happens, remember that your heart is to better the organization and that you work unto the Lord, not man. The Lord judges the heart of man, and I guarantee you that if you remain humble and keep sharing your creative ideas, (even when you don't get credit) someone will eventually notice and God will honor you during the process.
2. Don't change who you are
We all know that person in our workplace who is basically the teachers pet and not really genuine. They seem to just be whatever the 'boss man' likes and quite frankly, we all know they will only get so far. Not because they don't have the potential, but because of the route they are taking to get to the top. There are also some of those individuals in the work place who aren't as prevalent in their behavior changes, but they do change a bit to fit in. They change just enough to 'get to the top.' You get where I'm going here, 'BE YOU.' It's cheesy, but if you change and morph into someone else to earn your way to the top, you may not recognize the person you are once you get there. Even more so, you may find yourself compromising things you never intended to gain power. Companies need you, the original you, to make an original impact on this world. They need you just as you are.
3. Don't give up on your dream to change the world.
The moment we stop believing we can change the world, is the moment our ability to grow within our career's dies. A lot of our generation thinks we can change the world. We think we stand a chance and we are pushing the limits with new initiatives to do so. As we get older and face the harsh realities of this world, some of us give up and stop dreaming. So I encourage you, to not give up. If you find yourself in a job that seems hopeless and at a point where you don't know how you could ever dream again there, I challenge you to find new solutions and ways to dream. You may not be able to change a ton, but ask yourself what can you change and how your ability can affect even that small world you're in.
Ultimately, being yourself, dreaming big, and changing the world are all part of what will get us where we want to be one day. Don't give up on the fight friends!!