“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard. 2017 was a fun year full of more ups than downs and a lot of lessons. I wanted to share some of those with you as we begin the new year! As always, this is going to be a long one so please bare with me. What did 2017 teach me?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky. Last week March 7th marked my 1 year anniversary at my first post-grad job. I feel like I only started a few months ago yet I've grown so much since then. Professionally, personally, financially and socially. With 12 months under my belt, I thought this would be a good time to share the little knowledge and wisdoms I’ve gained over the past year.
“Salary is the compensation you get for giving your life” ― Sunday Adelaja. Getting a raise is probably one of the best feelings in the world. After all, it boils down to your boss essentially saying, “You’ve done an excellent job and deserve to be compensated”, right? As exciting as it might be, should you discuss it with your colleagues?
“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions” ~ Benjamin Franklin. Getting your first post graduate job is not easy and it's even harder for those who have no work experience to back-up their degree. A survey conducted by YouGov found that 52% of employers say university does not prepare young people for the world of work. As a graduate who was in the rat race to get a job last year, that figure is all too real for me. So what has the experience taught me?
“If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.” ~ Aldous Huxley. We spend more time at work than we do at home yet for some of us, the workplace can be the most loneliest place to be. Is camaraderie and social connection a key to workplace satisfaction and happiness?