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What was something you wished that someone told you before going into your career?

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Mauro’s Answer

Take your time. Find something that you can see yourself growing. Find a job that you can shadow or at least envision a realistic perception of what the job is. Ask yourself if this is a job you can do 5 days a week and for years. Find that love.
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Jessica’s Answer

I wish someone would have told me that no matter what you study in college, you and your experiences create your own path. I have a Bachelor's in Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design. People said I would be a starving artist for getting an art degree, but art/design was my passion. Now, I'm a Business Advisor for a Fortune 500 Company guiding their Property & Casualty IT department with communications, graphics, data analysis, and training plans, all because of my prior experiences and networking skills. If I'd learned this sooner, I may have studied Music and worked more on networking with my coworkers and clients to get where I wanted to be. I'm still getting where I want to go, but I think it's taking me a bit longer to get there.
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Shayne’s Answer

Hello! One thing that I wished someone could have told me was to really figure out what I wanted to do. Do not be carried away with peer pressure and know exactly what YOU want ---- not your friends, or anyone around you. but YOU. Because honestly, If you love what you do, it won't feel like work at all. You will feel much more fulfilled and confident to push through even through the toughest of challenges that may come your way. Good luck!
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Melisa’s Answer

Hi Daquise,

Thanks for your question. I majored in music my first two years of college, then finished my BA Degree in Organizational Management. I am fortunate to still use music in my life for a hobby and to serve with the band at my church, but it is not my main job. I also took dance for several years and I love how challenging, freeing and relaxing it can be at the same time!

I have a career I truly love and enjoy, despite the challenges a global pandemic has brought, and I love the opportunity to continuously learn something new.

I wish someone would have told me early on that it's "okay to make mistakes" because they help you learn, grow and innovate.

In some of my earlier jobs out of college, I worked for a few managers who were not as forgiving or understanding of mistakes. When you are first new to a job, there's always a learning curve. I've learned not to be so hard on myself or others, if something isn't a huge success. Some accomplishments will be more successful than others, but if you can learn and move on from there, we can emerge even stronger and be prepared for the next challenge or project to come our way.

Best wishes to you in your education and career goals!

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