Top Things People Wish They Knew When Starting Careers

LinkedIn is turning 20 this year and in honor of that, they asked people to share the top 20 lessons they wish they knew at the start of their careers. The responses prove that hindsight can be a really helpful thing, especially when it comes to our careers.

The top 20 lessons people wish they’d known at the beginning of their careers:

  1. A healthy work-life balance is important (27%)
  2. It’s okay to say “no” (26%)
  3. Be yourself at work (21%)
  4. It’s okay to make mistakes and fail (20%)
  5. Stick to your values (17%)
  6. Be patient (16%)
  7. Create boundaries and stick to them to prevent burnout (15%)
  8. Don’t be scared to ask for a pay raise (14%)
  9. Don’t be afraid to take risks (14%)
  10. Be open to feedback (14%)
  11. Don’t take a job just for the salary (13%)
  12. You don’t have to tick every box of a job description (13%)
  13. Be open to career changes and pivots (13%)
  14. Find people who inspire and motivate you (13%)
  15. Up-skilling on a regular basis is crucial (12%)
  16. A career break is okay (11%)
  17. Connecting with others about work is important (11%)
  18. Never lose perspective (10%)
  19. Invest in building a good relationship with your boss and colleagues (10%)
  20. Be your own cheerleader (10%)

Source: Metro

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