Don’t allow yourself to be the product of a negative feeling regarding the generation you belong to, allow yourself to be limited by rules that are outdated and antiquated or have no idea what your priorities at work are supposed to be. If this is the situation you currently face you need to take charge and make a difference by addressing these aspects of your career. It’s up to you to show you have the experience and the drive to be a great employee as you come out of college when you’re young, it’s up to you to figure out how to address rules that don’t seem to make sense and it’s up to you to gain a clear picture of how your company needs you to contribute daily.
7 Career Misconceptions that are Killing 20-Somethings’ Potential
Business Insider Article:
Young professionals that have recently graduated from college are finding the working world to be a different place than they expected. Along with being considered lazy by previous generations too many of these young people fall into the traps of their generation and need to reach beyond to make their career work. Going to college and earning a degree isn’t enough to land the job desired, it’s important to participate in extra experience building activities such as volunteer work and an unpaid internship to show you’ve taken steps to gain the experience needed. Networking isn’t just about social media, it’s important to attend networking events, set up face to face meetings over coffee or a meal and network in person. Another trap to avoid is thinking being in your 20s to be a time to exploration and that it won’t matter, this is a critical time in your career and needs to be handled appropriately.
Ten Ways to Cope With Your Company’s Dumb Rules
Rules that are supposed to be followed that have to do with HR policies can often be changed and evolved as long as someone is willing to challenge the status quo. As long as what you’re challenging isn’t illegal, unethical or detrimental to the company you can challenge rules by showing what breaking them means and exactly how stupid some rules are. This may be a last ditch solution and you should start by asking questions, gaining support and even suggesting an alternative rule to what’s currently in place. Find a way to challenge the rules your company has and gain a way to allow the company to thrive without being stuck under dumb and antiquated rules that haven’t been changed only because they’ve never been challenged.
How to Prioritize Your Work When Your Manager Doesn’t
Harvard Business Review Article:
If you don’t have priorities set for you, then you need to do it yourself. One of the worst feelings you could have is working hard on the wrong thing because your manager didn’t inform you of deadlines or what needed to be done and simply assumed you knew what to do. One way to handle this, especially if much of your work is of a recurring nature, is to take ownership and communicate with your manager. You can get an idea that they need a specific report on a date each month or each week you need to address certain topics. Some of the other items added to your work may need you to analyze it and figure out where in the hierarchy it belongs when it comes to your weekly work plan.