Oh the working world… There are highs and lows… but as long as there are more highs than lows, you’re in a good place!
Over these last 2-ish years in the “real working world”, I’ve learned a few things (I think). I’ve seen people get hired, fired, promoted, and demoted… all of which brings me to the creation of this list!
You can never really be prepared for the working world, but these 5 “dont’s” are a good starting point!
1) Don’t underdress
Just like a party, you never want to be the least dressed up one. You never know when a spur of the moment client meeting, office photoshoot, or after work happy hour could arise. Be dressed and prepared for anything!
2) Don’t cry
No matter what happens, never let them see you cry. Crying isn’t (1) attractive (2) effective or (3) appropriate for the workplace. Go to the bathroom if you really feel the waterworks coming on… then check your makeup before returning :)
3) Don’t say you’re sorry
Only apologize if you’re truly in the wrong! I find myself commonly apologizing when I ask a question or request a change to creative designs, but I have no reason to. Be confident and know that you have the right to ask for something without beginning with “Sorry, but…”.
4) Don’t keep ideas to yourself
If you don’t prove to your coworkers you have new ideas (good or bad) they’ll think that you either (1) don’t care enough to think about it or (2) don’t have anything new to bring to the table. Both are things you don’t want coworkers (especially your boss) thinking about you! Get your ideas flowing and share your thoughts. You never know what it could spark!
5) Don’t get comfortable
The moment you feel like you’re irreplaceable or can just coast by day-to-day, there’s a problem. Clear red flag! You should always want to push the envelope, try harder, and feel that there’s a new level to rise to at your job. The moment you don’t is the moment you won’t get anything more out of your work (and you definitely won’t get that raise)!
Obviously there are hundreds of “dos” and “dont’s” I could share, but I figured I would stick to the top five that came to mind. So please, share what you’ve learned in the working world! The best way to learn is from each other (that’s not just a corny line, I really believe it).
To close, I’ll leave you with some powerful quotes by amazing women who know what it means to succeed! I hope these motivate you to wake up early tomorrow morning and go into work ready to KICK BUTT! You go girl :)
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
— Maya Angelou
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
— Coco Chanel