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Question: What was it like to land your first job out of college?
Here’s why: I wanted to do marketing and I was offered a job in one of the best marketing companies in the world: Procter & Gamble. The salary was good and after years of small jobs in parallel to my studies, not being able to afford a restaurant meal, I could finally go out for dinner, go shopping, do some travelling… My colleagues were smart and motivated people from all around the world and everybody was open to meeting and making new friends.
Surfing on this wave of enthusiasm and building on my – at the time – arrogant attitude, I thought the following:
I’m going to become the CEO.
Truly, truly, I thought I would be THE ONE. That I would fly through the promotions, have a stellar performance, be widely admired…
That phase didn’t last very long. After the landing the job, the ‘working’ part was hard; very hard. I made mistakes, I didn’t progress as fast as I wanted, and I had to learn how to navigate the wild work environment. You can read more about my experience here:
But, in a nutshell, a few months into the job I realised:
Looks like I might not become the CEO.
I was facing so many challenges, the work was so complex, that getting a promotion, my first promotion, became a more reasonable and immediate objective. A few years later I did get the promotion and I’ve had an amazing career since; but those mistakes I made many years ago haven’t been forgotten. Some still burn.
That’s why I have co-written the book How to Succeed in Your First Job. It covers 50 hacks that will kick-start your career from day one, and I hope it will help you – maybe even to become the next CEO of the company!
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