17 Career Tips for College Business Grads and Executives Too
- Be prepared to show the boss the chip on your shoulder. Why are you worth investing my effort in you? Be different.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of influencing and leading people. Be approachable, understated, humble, and willing to listen.
- Learn time & self-management skills before you report to work.
- Practice your stand-up skills and how you can effectively communicate. This is much more important than you realize.
- Clearly written, succinct, error free, emails and notes are very important, and is a fundamental way you will be judged.
- You must understand the operating statement, the balance sheet, and cash-flow statement regardless of your job.
- Successful communication is best done in person. Don’t rely on emails, letters, memos, texts. Video conferences are better than emails.
- Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling is what you will be paid to do, but your leadership skills will determine how far you go.
- Take control and ownership for your own training and development. You must be tenacious and aggressive. Nobody will care more than you do.
- Always write down good ideas and input. You won’t remember the good stuff without it, and the act helps you sort out your own thoughts.
- Never take credit for successes… only the failures and the lessons.
- Avoid all office politics and anything that makes you look good at the expense of others. Understand the game, but don’t play it.
- Be willing to change companies. Don’t get locked into believing that one firm will nurture and do the best for you over a long time period.
- Be extraordinarily passionate about your role or do something else. Fast.
- Relocate to the biggest city you can stand. Be adventurous while you are young. Pay your dues and earn your “chops” early.
- Be willing to relocate in the future. Those that do, get the bigger jobs and the bigger salaries. Don’t kid yourself about this.
Dave Schoenbeck is a professional business and executive coach who translates complex business methods, processes, and strategies into actionable plans to dramatically improve financial results.