It’s never too early to plan for your future. To make sure you don’t look back at your career and regret the things you didn’t do while you were younger, here are some strategic moves you can do during the early years of your profession that will make a big impact by the time you reach the big 3-0.
Establish yourself well.
While you’re still young, make your passion and knowledge in your chosen field be known to other people. Be visible on social media, engage in relevant platforms and forums, or create a personal blog. Having a reputable name in your industry can help open doors for you in the long run. You just might be the person they think of when bigger opportunities arrive.
Be brave enough to approach mentors.
There are so many things you can learn from those who have been in your position like dealing with people, handling difficult situations, and climbing up the corporate ladder. Don’t be afraid to ask help from someone who has more experience than you.
Make sacrifices and take risks while you have freedom.
When you’re in your 20s, you have more license to take risks. You can follow your heart and go with your gut. You can also work longer hours or go out of town for a client meeting. You can’t work overtime every night if you have family waiting for you at home.
Keep in touch with people you meet along the way
Staying in touch with your former colleagues is a strategic move that may come in handy in the long run. Your next client could be your former boss. An old co-worker could turn out to be your next employer. It's easy enough to remain in contact. You can exchange personal email addresses or follow each other on your professional social media platform.
Seize the opportunity when offered company-paid trainings
If your company is offering free seminars–grab the chance to attend them. These can help you improve your skills and broaden your knowledge in your chosen field.