Young Execs Within the Marketing World… Shaping Ourselves to be the Future Leaders of Tomorrow

rope veer imageTIPS AND TRICKS ON HOW TO COPE WHILE LEARNING THE ROPES

Like any new beginning, stepping into a new job as a young professional can be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s into a new career in the fast-paced marketing industry.

How do you hack it? Here’s a hint: MASTER THE STAIRS! Enjoy this 2-part series containing a total of 8 fundamental steps that I used to help conquer my own scary start. Happy reading!

(Part 1 of 2)

MJ’S “MAN IN THE MIRROR” – NOT JUST A TOP-40 HIT FROM THE ’80s

Wait, it’s 5:15 pm already? What happened to 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock…or even lunch for that matter? The client requests seem to be never-ending today, each email rolling in quicker and more complex than the last. “It’s just one of those days…” I hear a cube-mate say over the wall with a heavy sigh.

Put the hopes of making the 5:30 pm gym time or a 7 pm dinner date aside—this moment is more important than any of that when it comes to your career. More paramount than any fire you put out today or any number of items you checked off your To-Do List. This is the moment you should take to self-reflect… Ask yourself: “How did I do today?” “What did I learn?” Or “What would I change?”

TIP #1: SELF-REFLECTION—My mother always said to take a breath and self-reflect. Although most of us would shudder at the thought of doing exactly what your mother tells you, this inner look may be just as important as your upcoming employee review. It’s the first step to starting the conversation about what your interests are, identifying your strongest assets and what’s the next stop for you on your career path. With that said, it’s also important to be proactive in recognizing your own areas for improvement. I know it’s not always easy to look in the mirror and to be honest with yourself, but better you do this first than hear it from your boss later on, right?

Once you take a look inside your day, what successes do you see? Was it as basic as learning how to keep up with the piles of unread emails in your inbox? Or simply, “How to survive the day without any major casualties, personally or professionally.” (OK, perhaps the fire-in-the-break-room incident from my non-microwavable frozen pizza can be overlooked here!)

Whether it’s finally mastering the art of time management or successfully interpreting cryptic client feedback, whatever the lesson(s) of the day, they need to be recognized and reflected upon. In my opinion, constructive criticisms can be just as important as recognition in the workplace.

After all, professional growth starts from within.

FORGET PRESERVING THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, THERE’S ALWAYS WRINKLE CREAM

Although at the time when you’re first starting out in a new career, it may seem hard to muster up the self-confidence to name any strength you bring to the table or large group discussion. But take a serious look, there’s always at least one thing you can find that you’ve got going for you. Once you find it, embrace it and take advantage of it!

And if you can’t come up with anything, here’s a freebie… TIP #2: CAPITALIZE ON YOUR YOUTH – “Good thing you’re young,” your co-workers say as you approach your 3rd or maybe 4th (you’ve probably lost track of what day of the week it is by now) consecutive late night in the office preparing the pitch deck for next week’s presentation.

For a few of us young professionals out there, our college days may not be too far behind us, and thank goodness! Besides the rare affection for the cheap takeout places around the corner from the office, we’re also able to tap into the #1 lesson we learned from our school days: how to endure late nights.

These 16-hour work sessions at the office serve as mere reminders of how we survived final exam week in college—little sleep, loud music, lots of caffeine, and determination to get the work done before dawn. Use this all-too-familiar set of skills to your advantage and you’ll get through it just fine!

My mantra has always been, “When going the extra mile, do whatever it takes. Don’t quit when you’re tired, quit when you’re done.”

Stay Tuned…

Part 2 of “TIPS AND TRICKS ON HOW TO COPE WHILE LEARNING THE ROPES” to be published later this week.

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