Tips for Young Professionals
One faces multiple challenges in the initial stages of his/her career and often feels the need for some wise counsel. I felt like tapping into my four years’ experience at Systems Limited and sharing a few tips with fresh graduates and young professionals who are about to, or have recently started their career. So, here we go:
Be Patient and Consistent:
The very first lesson that I learnt was to show patience and consistency in your job. Never work on a task in a hurried manner and do not lose hope when faced with difficulties or obstacles. Give your best, and give it with consistency. With persistence you will eventually achieve the desired results. If you do one task and deliver the best results, don't stop there; maintain high standards with consistency. Do celebrate your success, but immediately start working on achieving the next target; Consistently & Patiently!
Face Challenges; Commit Less and Deliver More:
In order to be dynamic and to keep growing you have to meet all the challenges thrown at you by your management. Don't get choked or collapsed because of the challenges. For that, always strategize before you begin and then give your best. There is no task in this world that cannot be done (Of course I am not suggesting that you do everything even if it doesn't fall in your domain or job role). Your Manager will surely not give you a task that is not part of your domain (if he is doing so, then perhaps you need to discuss this with him over a cup of tea ☺). Never hesitate to accept challenges. But one good idea to adopt is to commit less and deliver more. Whenever your manager throws a challenge at you, tell him your limitations and forecast the results as well, but never over commit; it is best to commit less than what you believe you can do. Before committing anything always think, “what am I capable of delivering on this task? How much can I achieve? And how will I achieve the desired results?” On the basis of your analysis, share your commitment humbly. Then give your best to over achieve (While it appears to your Manager that you are over achieving in comparison to what you committed, in reality, you are just achieving what you have committed to yourself ;)).
Go an Extra Mile:
There is no harm in going an extra mile to deliver. By doing so you will be able to learn things much sooner, you will gain more experience and will get exposure and opportunities that might not be available to you otherwise.
Learn - whatever you do:
One important key to remember, don't do a task/project for the sake of completing it; do it with an open mind. How can you be more productive and quick? Even if you face a failure, LEARN from your mistakes.
I am saying this from personal experience; I faced a challenge, I made a mistake, I learned from my mistake and then the next time? Bang on! I did the task in a much better way than before. So, the essence is to keep learning irrespective of facing failure or triumph! Learn from your experience as well as from others' experiences.
Keep an achievement quota on daily basis:
To keep yourself motivated, achieve something on a daily basis. Make your own KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for every day. I started my career in this company as a telesales person, from the day I started cold calls, I kept on making a list of daily achievements - initially it was 03 leads per day - this way I always had extra energy and enthusiasm to achieve my daily KPI and at the end of the day, I always left for home with the sense of achievement and personal satisfaction. Then I implemented the same idea for Months, Quarters and Years too. Everybody loves to achieve, so why not achieve on a daily basis ☺. The important thing to remember here is to set realistic and competitive targets for yourself.
Network, Network and Network:
Networking is the buzzword in today’s corporate world. If you have a strong network, then, trust me, you are going to do very well in your career. Whenever you start a new job, connect with your future colleagues on LinkedIn, talk to them and extract the Intel. You must know who is who in your organization and most importantly, majority of your colleagues should know who you are and what you do in the organization. It really helps. It helps in achieving your targets because there is nothing in the professional arena that you will achieve on your own, in isolation. So consider networking to be a part of your job description!
Adhere to Organizational Policies:
Last but not the least, you will never find yourself to be guilty in any situation if you adhere to your company's policies. When it comes to day-to-day discipline or policies related to dealing with clients/vendors and similar matters, if you are within the policies, nobody can point a finger at you. So, stay on the right side, stay safe and stick to the policies.
I hope that these basic tips and guidelines helps young professionals get past the challenges they are facing at the start of their career. Best of luck!
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Systems Limited, or any other entity related to Systems Limited.