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Learn from the mistakes I made

Lear5n from the mistakes I made

Learn from the mistakes I made.

Learn from the mistakes I made.– I had a plan to find my dream career, so I thought.

But I made some key mistakes along the way.

Learn from the mistakes I made.

In my early 20’s I had returned from extensive backpacking travel abroad. I had successfully delayed the obvious “get a job” conversation with my sponsors, my parents for the last 12 months.

I made appointments with the most prominent recruitment companies at the time and armed with actual copies of my Honours Degree, great references from part-time work I had completed post my degree (Teaching English in South America) and I had a CV which I had spent all of 15 minutes on. 

Mistake No 1

I was ready to find my dream CAREER!

The appointments at the recruitment companies went well, in fact too well, they all offered me a job………….. as a Recruitment Consultant.

Learn from The Mistakes I made

This was definitely not what I was looking for and not my idea of a career;

  • I was looking for a stimulating career and aspired being in business. 
  • Wanting to work in an environment where every day was different, and work with diverse people. 
  • The kind of work that I could use to make a change for good and have a positive impact in people’s lives. 
  • I wanted to be able to be strategic and get creative all in a day’s job.

But most importantly 

  • I wanted to have fun, meet new people, make friends, and belong to a tribe.

Mistake No 2

I was prepared to completely outsource my career search to a stranger

Learn from The Mistakes I made

What I did not know back then was that I was prepared to completely outsource my career search to a few random recruiters. And as good as they may have been at theirs jobs, none of them had a vested interest in what I needed or desired from a Career. 

I returned home from a hard week of career hunting with 4 job offers on the table. My parents were delighted as this truly marked the official cutting of the apron strings. (1x 4 year degree + 1x year typical antipodean backpacking around Europe = they were ready to cut me loose) 

Mistake No 3

I chose the job with the company that had the plushest offices.

Learn from The Mistakes I made

I then did what any intelligent career seeker would- chose the job with the company that had the nicest offices. The salary was pretty much the same over all 4 offers so that wasn’t a deciding factor.

I considered if I needed to be going to work every day, I better go to work in an office building that looked good. Plus, I wanted me own desk, sharing was not an option for a serious businessperson in their new career.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom.

As it turned out those random recruiters back in 1996 were not only good at their jobs but as luck would have it so was I. In addition to this I was fortunate enough to be teamed up with an amazing mentor. She coached me through the industry paces and took a keen interest in my development. 

Learn from The Mistakes I made

Take charge and stay in charge of your career.

In summary learn from the mistakes that I made, get strategic in your approach and don’t think that recruiters alone will find you your dream job, never outsource your career to a stranger, and don’t take a job because it fits into someone else definition of success.

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