Congratulations to the newly-graduated members of the Levo community! Whether you plan on attending graduate school, traveling, or taking advantage of other amazing opportunities; many of you are ready to take your first step into the professional world. After putting in so much hard work and preparation throughout college, it’s time for you to launch your career path with confidence!
You’ve just made it through the interview process and successfully landed that entry-level position – now what? The true challenge is only beginning: this job will establish your career path by not solely defining how you accomplish tasks, but also in the attitude you take on and the relationships you build. Let Levo League be your guide! Our mentors are experts in their respective fields and aspire to support you through the job transition. Here are a few of their top suggestions for those beginning year one: Reach out to them today for extra tips on how best to succeed!
1. Show Your Worth
“Don’t ever take a job for granted. Every day you must prove yourself. I also think it is smart to identify your top ‘clients.’ This would include your immediate boss and 2-3 other partners that are key in getting your job done well. Understand their needs and their hot buttons. Ensure they become your fans.” — Tracy Cioffi, Vice President, Marketing, See’s Candies
2. Get To Know the Company’s Leadership Team and Values
“Lean forward with leadership. Yes, the Millennials need to understand why the leadership team is the way they are. Try a little empathy, bravery, and curiosity, and awesome will happen.” — Joanna Bloor, VP Sales Operations & Advertising Operations, Pandora
3. Know Your Co-Officemates
“A new job always provides ample opportunities to make connections. Don’t be afraid to walk up and introduce yourself. Invite your colleagues to lunch or coffee, get their take on the ins and outs of the city, and if that doesn’t work, come armed with sweets. Who can turn down home baked goodies?” — Dustee Jenkins, Vice President, Public Relations, Target
4. Voice Out Your Thoughts and Show Your Support
“Identify the individual in the organization who you think will care about what it is that you are trying to do and be supportive of it. That person may or may not be in your department. It’s important to build energy and excitement around your idea and the more people you can get on board, the better. Also, developing a concrete and compelling proposal that demonstrates the value of your idea is really critical to getting people on board.” — Fran Hauser, President, Digital, Time Inc. Style & Entertainment Group
5. Leverage Your Successes To Move Forward and Reach New Heights
“Work hard! Your success in one position will translate into success in another.” — Caroline Everett, Brand Campaign Strategy Senior Manager, Birchbox
6. Track Your Development To Ensure You Reach Your Goals
“Keep a ‘real time’ resume. Every week, write down a bullet point or a few bullet points of what you learned that week. Write it as if you are already done with the job and working on your resume. The best way to keep track of your skills for the future it to write them on down in the present. You can use a free tool such as idonethis.com to track your work.” —Shama Kabani, CEO & Founder, The Marketing Zen Group
7. Never Stop Learning
“Always learn things on the side on your own to really set yourself apart!” — Carly Hetilinger, Director of New Media, Levo League
8. Share Your Knowledge
“I have found that teaching a skill is a great way to stay fresh and further your mastery of it. Seek opportunities for passing on your knowledge—you, who you are teaching, and the organization you work for will all benefit!” — Tara Syed Williams, Director of Business Analytics, One Kings Lane
9. Don’t Let Yourself Get Stuck
“I’ve seen people with masters degrees get ‘pigeon holed’ in support roles. Unfortunately, a large majority of women are often recruited into support roles and they usually stay in such roles. Over time, it might become extremely difficult for to gain the important skills and exposure you really need to move ahead and to brand yourself for bigger roles. While this is not true of all support roles or executive assistant roles, generally speaking, barriers to advancement exist for women in support roles. Weigh all your options, then, just start! As you begin, your career path will become clearer and take shape over time. I am excited for all the possibilities ahead of you.” — Cindy Pace, AVP, Diversity & Inclusion, Head of Global Women’s Initiative, MetLife
10. Keep Going, No Matter What
“There are going to be times when it is very, very hard. Keep pressing, keep pushing, keep trying. Don’t be deterred by those obstacles. Keep finding ways of pushing past them, without losing sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing, who your are as a person, or your passions. It’s going to all work out. It will be okay. Fight for what you believe in. Persevere. It is possible to make change in the world, and you will achieve your dreams.” — Binta Brown, Corporate Lawyer/Advisor & Sr. Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School M-R Center for Business and Government
Are you seeking guidance from renowned mentors like Fran Hauser, Binta Brown, and Dustee Jenkins? If so, Levo is the perfect platform for you to gain comprehensive advice!