Your 20s is truly a time for living. You’re finally being taken seriously, but still young enough to get away with making some mistakes and not have them scar you for life. You also don’t need to be tied down; and we’re not just talking about relationships. When it comes to work and a career, there’s still time to find what you’re looking for. We spoke with Gina Trimarco and Rachel Tipton, business executives, entrepreneurs and co-hosts of the podcast Women Your Mother Warned You About and they offered up some pearls of wisdom. “These are the things I’d tell my 20-something self if I could,” says Trimarco.
Research the company
"When interviewing for a new job or company, do your due diligence to learn about the company's culture and values and make sure your culture and values match theirs," urges Trimarco. "But you won't truly know what's in store for you until you're on the job."
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Don’t compare yourself to others
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Take the knowledge and run
"If it's not what you expected, either abandon ship right away or embrace the adventure for awhile because you will advance in your career because of it." A little resume-padding never hurt anyone. Now, if it's a toxic environment, forget all that. Get out of there ASAP.
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Don’t put up with any BS
"Use your voice and assert yourself in situations that are important to you," says Trimarco. "Don't assume others know what you want or what you're thinking."
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"Learn all you can with humility and take time outside of work to focus on your true passion," she adds. "Or research what skills you need to improve on to land that dream job."
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