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April 10, 2016

22 Pieces of Advice Every Career Girl Needs to Hear

Career advice | Career tips | Work | Motivation | Inspiration

Four years ago, I was an unpaid intern at Vogue and today I manage a talented copywriting team at TripAdvisor. How did I get there? Well, let’s just say it’s been one hell of a journey and I’m only getting started. Here are some of the no-bullshit things I’ve learned along the way… 

  1. Show up every single morning like you’re meant to be there. You got the job for a reason, you know.
  2. Never tell your boss you can’t do something. You can, I promise. Say you’ll figure it out and then do so. A can-do attitude will have a big impact on the trajectory of your career.
  3. Having clothes you feel confident in is important. If you feel better you’ll work better. Invest in some good basics. You’ll easily earn the money back further down the line.
  4. One word: sleep. There’s nothing successful about sleep deprivation. Feeling well-rested and ready for work is real #goals.
  5. Make work BFFs, but don’t get too involved with the office drama du jour. The occasional rant with a trusted co-worker is fair game. But cliques and bitching? Not so much.
  6. Keep a record of all of your accomplishments and achievements from day one on a new job. You’ll be glad you did.
  7. Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders
    is a book everyone, including you, should read when building their career.
  8. Everyone you work with – good or bad – is indirectly mentoring you, all the time. There is so much to be learned from observing the capable and the incompetent.
  9.  Stop apologising for everything. A delayed response to an email or not being able to work late again doesn’t warrant an apology.
  10. But do take ownership when you truly mess up – people will only respect you more for it.
  11. You’re doing so much better than you think.
  12. When you’re starting out, switching employers every year or so is a good thing. Go get the salary you deserve, stat.
  13. Having £££ in a savings account is the difference between freedom and having to stay in a job you hate because of financial constraints. It’s that simple.
  14. Never get complacent. Even if you love your job, keep your LinkedIn updated and your mind open to other opportunities, always.
  15. The single best question you can ask when being interviewed is: ‘What is your biggest problem and how can I solve it?’ Thank me later. And once you get the job? Keep asking it.
  16. Mistakes are healthy. If you’re making mistakes, you’re learning quicker. Don’t be afraid of them. Just try not to make the same one twice.
  17. The most interesting, exciting careers never go exactly to plan. Embrace that.
  18. Learning more = earning more. Take advantage of your company’s training budget and get involved with free skill sessions like Google’s Digital Garage.
  19. We all have bad days. But no job is worth bad weeks that turn into months.
  20. Times are changing. You don’t get ahead just by doing your job well, you progress by making things happen that are beyond your job description.
  21. No matter how much you achieve, never forget what it felt like to be the new intern on his or her first day.
  22. Praising someone else doesn’t steal your shine. It only makes you shine brighter.

 

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8 Comments

  • Emily

    Love this article! Very sound advice and relatable to every career woman! Piggy backing off the updated LinkedIn, never stop networking.

    December 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm Reply
    • biancabass

      Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Emily! I couldn’t agree more — networking is so important, and can happen in the most unexpected of places 🙂

      December 29, 2016 at 7:37 pm Reply
  • Tamara

    Found this very useful, especially as I’m in the media industry myself. You just inspired me to go to bed early and smash tomorrow! X

    January 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply
  • Tisha Riman | The Nourished Mind

    This is so perfect. I am the worst at apologizing non-stop when I’m new. Such a great list!

    January 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm Reply
    • biancabass

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Tisha! It means the world that you found it useful ✨

      January 28, 2017 at 11:07 am Reply
  • Lynn

    This is very inspiring! Thanks for the really helpful tips I would probably use in the near future.

    February 9, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Tarryn

    I absolutely love this article. I have been feeling 2 minded about my job lately and your article really helped me.
    Feeling a lot better after reading this.

    P.S I love the layout of your blog – still trying to get mine up to standard.

    http://www.capetownbrunette.co.za

    February 10, 2017 at 5:47 am Reply
  • Cybergenic Associates Int’l

    This is awesome. I totally agree with #3, if you look good, you’ll feel good. Feeling confident about yourself while working is a must makes you feel like you can do everything. Cheers!

    http://www.cybergenic.net/

    March 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply
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