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From CEOs to millwrights, paralegals to project managers, everyone has had a first job. Since we have a brilliant management team at our disposal, we decided to ask them this question: Knowing what you know now, if you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

 “Be open and flexible when it comes to new opportunities, you never know where it might lead.” – Marie Gill, Associate Director, Corporate Services

You did it, you graduated! You’re energetic, excited and ready to work. In a perfect world you’d land your dream job right out of the gates but the reality is that no amount of unbridled enthusiasm can make up for the fact that you have essentially no experience. Your first job doesn’t have to be perfect, and it certainly doesn’t need to be forever. Think of it as a chance to try new things and get a clearer picture of what you enjoy doing and what you, well, don’t. Take on your new role with a positive attitude, a curious mind and ask loads of questions – you’ll be surprised at the opportunities that present themselves!

 “It’s not a sprint. Keep your head down and work hard every day with purpose.” – Skye Smith, Director of Strategic Growth

We don’t know who needs to hear this, but it’s not a competition! You don’t have to have it all figured out right now. It’s easy to get caught up in feelings of envy or jealousy when you see a co-worker get a promotion or your best friend lands an amazing new job, but remember that someone else’s success isn’t your failure. Whether you’re in your dream job or something temporary, believe in your own ability and do your very best, regardless of how big or small the task. Motivate yourself by setting smaller goals, celebrating little accomplishments and being proud of how far you’ve come.

“If you think you might be interested in something, go for it. Don’t let fear get in the way of a great opportunity.” – Christina Launay, Marketing Manager

You’ve heard this a million times, but it’s true, so we’re going to say it again: you do most of your learning on the job. No one (and we mean no one) walks through the door on their first day and knows absolutely everything about everything. Be patient with yourself as you learn, ask questions and don’t be afraid to try something new because you’ve never done it before – you might just discover your passion.

“Create a budget and savings plan from day one of your working career.” – Michael Scott, VP, Building

Oh, happy day – you got paid! Your first paycheque is definitely something to celebrate, but before you buy a round of shots for the bar and hit Nordstrom’s sprawling shoe department, let’s pump the brakes for a second. This is the time where you set the stage for successful budgeting and money management that’ll benefit you for your entire life, throughout your career and into retirement. Maybe budgeting and savings don’t sound quite as glamorous as a shopping spree or popping bottles of champagne, but trust us, you’ll thank yourself later.

Stay tuned for part two of this blog series!

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