I can't tell you how glad I am to have come across this article on LinkedIn Pulse. Written by Shane Rodgers, the article lists all the advice he'd give his 25 year old self if he had the chance to go back in time. Being around that age myself, I read every word twice over.
Most of it I understood completely and it's given me a hell of a lot of food for thought in terms of how I navigate my own career, a career which I am still fairly new to. I particularly identified with his section about patience. I occasionally find myself growing impatient, believing that I should be at certain stages and doing specific things that I might not be doing yet. I often forget how young I am. I am probably living through some of the life-changing stages that some people don't experience until their early to mid-30's, but I have the luxury of youth on my side by enjoying them in my mid 20's (marriage and the birth of my child...a cat called Toby). It's an interesting point to consider in my case at least, but this article reminded me that none of these wonderful things happened because I forced them. They were natural transitions. Sometimes it's important to take your time and see what happens when it comes to your career. I've always had strong instincts and it's right that I apply these instincts to my professional life and operate at my own pace.
Shane's advice on working in an office where you have friends was equally pertinent. I am so lucky to be able to say, with total conviction, that the people I work with are also counted among some of the closest friends I've ever had. There is no one at Edge who I don't care about in some capacity and the OMJ team in particular are a very close unit. The family-feel doesn't work for all businesses but it's how we tick and ultimately how we get stuff done. I would see any of my 'colleagues' outside of work and having them here genuinely makes work feel less like work. Even though you know it's work and we work hard at what we do, it's definitely not a drag! Shared passion, motivation and moulding our company culture to perfection is likely to be responsible. Working with friends has definitely given me more courage professionally. The courage to be disruptive (for all the right reasons of course).
Read the rest of it below. It's honestly a booster:
14. Work in an office where you have friends You will spend a lot of time at work. You should work with people you like. I used to be a bit sceptical about a question in employment engagement surveys asking people if they had a “best friend” at work. I realise now that work is much better if you are among friends. The happiest people are those who do things they are passionate about with people they really like. Further to that, if you find you have taken on a job you hate, ditch it quickly. Your career can survive a few well-intentioned detours and mistaken pathways.