4 Things I’d tell my 18-Year-Old Self.
So five years on from the era of parties, boys, group holiday’s and hangover’s, it’s safe to say I’ve had a reasonable amount of time to reflect on those carefree years of my life. Like many people, this reflection brought about a number of “if I had I known’s” and “what if’s”. I’d finally graduated and thought I was unstoppable, the only way was up from here. After all I had a degree right?
The truth is my degree alone was not enough to get me to where I wanted to be, and if I had the chance to do 18 all over again here’s what I’d give more attention to…
- Networking: Your network is your net-WORTH so it’s crucial to surround yourself with people who share the same drive and aspirations as you. Or better still those people who have been where you aim to be and can give you valuable knowledge or advise based on their experiences.Whilst doing my undergrad, I was very reserved, keeping myself to myself, which caused me to close myself off from potential opportunities that would’ve come to my advantage in the future.Get out there guys and start networking with the people that are going to get you where you want to be!
- Develop Your Craft: University was a period where I had so much time on my hands. I had a lot of dreams and business goals like going into music production and starting an all-natural skincare line. My days off would’ve been the perfect time to take up piano lessons or attend soap making classes. So whatever your interests may be, seek ways to get skilled up and develop your craft.You want to be a social media expert? Start by taking a FREE course on how to use social media for business – https://goo.gl/aW4QFzYou want to be an all round digital marketer? Apply for this course that’ll kick start your knowledge of digital marketing channels – https://goo.gl/bR2vqVYou get the drift!
- Build Experience: Now this is something they don’t lay much emphasis on in university yet is so crucial from the moment you leave. The unfortunate truth is, that bachelor’s degree you just worked three long years for and paid 27k to get is simply a pre-requisite to the employer and isn’t enough for you to stand out, so it’s important to go the extra mile to make yourself more employable. How you ask? I recommend anything from internships, shadow days or even industry talk conferences, any experience is better than no experience at all.For example, if you wish to have a career in digital marketing, apply for a marketing internship via Rise To: https://goo.gl/GgHPYk With this you’re guaranteed to put yourself a cut above your peers during your job hunt.
- Use your resources wisely: Look… everyone loves a new fancy bag, I get it! But at what point do we stop to ask ourselves if these material things help with our long-term ambitions or truly contribute to our life long wealth and happiness??
With this in mind, why not brainstorm ways of flipping your cash by investing in yourself, kick-starting that business you’ve always wanted or simply saving for when you have that next brainwave or see an opportunity you need investment for!
Life is a learning curve and although I may have taken a little longer working out what I know now I can still put a lot of this into practice and think I will benefit from them now throughout my career.
I just wanted to share them with you so you can get up that learning curve even quicker and to closer to achieving those things I’m sure you deserve! Good luck all!