We all wish we could go back in time and tell our younger selves key pieces of advice. It's those "if I only knew then what I know now" moments that we all find ourselves converging. This growth is difficult, but necessary for success. Fortunately, Julie Ann Schmidt, the founder of the Global Emerging Leaders Community (GEL), has traveled down this road before and has taken the time to offer best the advice she wished someone would have told her:
1. It’s all about relationships. This industry, while large in size, is still like a small town where everyone knows everyone. People move around from the supplier to planner side and back; and from company to company. The relationships you build along the way can help you in your career.
2. Own your reputation. Because our industry is so close knit, you will develop a reputation that will precede you, so start early and define for yourself what you want that reputation to be and carry yourself accordingly. You hear about owning your brand all the time, but your reputation is even more valuable.
3. Know your numbers. Early on I had a job where I had to track a number of data points annually for my review. We also had to crunch the numbers and compare them to the previous year’s numbers and be prepared to discuss them during the review. I was surprised as I moved on in my career that other employers did not require this of me and found future employers impressed with the data I maintained on my work load and production. Knowing your numbers is the best way to show a boss or a future employer how valuable you are.
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