At the beginning of anybody’s career,
what’s critically important is practical learning. To focus on acquiring a set of skills which then,
with some experience you’ve built around that, you can bring to an organization. First of all, focus on practical,
experiential learning. So, if you can go to a business school
that focuses on teaching relevant courses that will bring value to your employer shortly
after your degree, that is absolutely critical. In addition, it’s continuous learning and
there are many different ways of doing that, either via experience or online platforms
and so on, to continue to develop. In today’s environment, if you don’t continue
learning …. if you don’t go forward, by definition, you’re going backwards, then you’re not as competitive
in the workplace as you should be. I’m a career-changer, so I spent a number of years
designing – believe it or not – memory chips. I’m an engineer in my previous life. After engineering, I went to business school
and focused on finance, focused on management – on those hard-core skills that I could bring to
a potential employer like investment banking, which is ultimately where I ended
up right after business school. It is a competition out there. You’ve always got to present yourself as someone
who can do something better or do something extra. But, as a junior, you absolutely
want to focus on your career. Do the right thing. Do your job.
Follow instructions. You’ve got to become the go-to person.
If you want to stand out, become a go-to person. Everybody gets a chance. If you get your chance,
you excel at it and that gets noticed.