10 Lessons Women Learned At Their First Jobs That They Still Use Today

April 2, 2014  |  

Adrienne Sheares – Social PR Manager at Vocus

What was your first job out of college?
Sheares: Online Intern at APCO Worldwide

What lesson or skill did you learn at that job that still impacts how you work today?
Sheares: Although people are generally friendly, it’s no one’s job to care about your success or show you how to get to the next level. The name of the game is being proactive, looking for opportunities and identifying allies. One great thing about my first job was the internship brown bag lunch program with executives. If an executive says “come by my office anytime” or “my door is always open,” put it to the test and stop by. Ask a question, get on their calendar, do what you can to learn from someone who’s sitting at the table you want an invitation to.  I did and I have a wonderful mentor nearly five years later.

Now, as a mid-level professional, I leverage this lesson by looking at how I can go above and beyond and excel in my career by getting out of my comfort zone. 

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