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Early Career Goals from Industry Leaders

31 July 2018
Besma Whayeb
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If you could spend just 10 minutes with a titan of industry, who would you choose? And what advice would you want to hear?

In our latest campaign, we’ve compiled early career advice from 50 industry leaders. Their quotes are inspiring, timeless, and useful for anyone who is taking their first steps into industry.

What’s surprising is that there are trends in what they say.

Forget the small talk by the water cooler, or tips for mingling at a networking event. Their advice shows that work can be more fulfilling than a simple pay check at the end of the month!

Knowledge Isn’t Everything

Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft, is considered one of the most successful businessmen alive today. When asked if he could give himself advice at the start of his career, his top tip was: “smartness is not single-dimensional, and not quite as important as I thought back then.

It shows that careers are built on a foundation of education, but they don’t all have to start in the same place – and a lot of the progress can happen in the workplace.

Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver also attests to this: “You’ll be judged on what you do, not just what your qualifications say.

On that note, check out our guide to the best paying jobs that don’t require a degree.

Be Flexible in Your Approach

When you’re starting out on the career path, it’s easy to look at successful businesspeople and wonder how they got there.

It’s important to know that there isn’t a magic formula for success: instead, it’s about taking opportunities and sometimes choosing jobs that don’t quite fit your vision.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, believes in this flexible approach: “There is no straight path to where you are going.

And Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, agrees: “The joy is in the journey.

Find out how you can make the most of every opportunity by streamlining your job search now.

Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes

Starting a new job may seem daunting. There’s a lot to learn: your role, your clients, your product, oh and everyone’s names in the office.

Mark Zuckerberg, Co-Founder & CEO of Facebook, says: “You’re going to make mistakes no matter what you do… But you shouldn’t strive to be right about everything.

It’s good to know that even industry leaders are open to making mistakes – and admitting when they’re wrong.

Author and Business Coach, Simon Sinek, agrees: “You don’t have to know all the answers.It’s always better to ask for help and learn from your mistakes!