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Time Well Spent

Imagine that you have access to a “time machine” that allows you to go back in time and coach your younger self. What advice would you give yourself? Would you have done anything differently?

I saw this question in a LinkedIn group this week and thought it was an interesting, and fun, topic to write about.

What advice would you give yourself?

Don’t be afraid to do what you love, and be enthusiastic about it. When I was getting my start, it took me a while to find my “perfect job.” “Perfect job,” does that really exist? Well, I was going to search for it! Everyone told me that I needed to just take the first job that came my way to get in the door. I was determined to prove everyone wrong as I knew if I wasn’t excited about going to work every day, marketing for that company would be difficult. I believe that I have proved my advisors wrong and have been lucky with careers that have not only helped me grow professionally, but personally as well, and of course that I have enjoyed. Case in point, I am now at CPP – perfect job found!

Would you have done anything differently?

I would have visited my career counselor earlier in school. I was aware that my university had a career counseling office, but I only visited once as part of an assignment. I was lucky to have been given the opportunity to take the MBTI® assessment in one of my classes, starting my self-exploration and interest in development early. But I wish I had known about the Strong Interest Inventory®, even if it wasn’t directly offered by the office. Uncovering my interests may have helped me find my path a little earlier, rather than switching my major three times. And I think my parents would have been happier too.

What advice would you give yourself? Would you have done anything differently? Let us know!

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