Rookie Mistakes New Professionals Make

September 27, 2019  |  
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I made a few of these mistakes early on in my career and I’m so grateful they didn’t ruin me. They certainly could have. Every young professional enters the working world with a head full of steam about how they’ll do things and what they’ll accomplish. But you just don’t know what you don’t know, and newbies don’t know how their industry works. It’s common for young professionals to think that they can apply the same values and practices of their social life to their professional life. Nope. This is, quite truly, a whole different ball game with a whole new set of rules. No matter what industry you work in, there are unspoken practices around how to handle professional relationships that everyone must follow, and that rookies tend to learn the hard way.


Simply not being nice

Be nice to everyone you meet. Really—everyone. Be nice to that nervous, eager intern who is sort of bugging you with too many questions and got your coffee order wrong. She could be your boss one day. Be nice to that stranger in the elevator: she could be your new long-term partner on a project, brought in from an outside company. Be nice to everyone because you never know who they’ll wind up being or who they know. Also, be nice because, why wouldn’t you be?

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