- Not saving or investing
It’s easy to pass up on saving since one is young, hence #YoungWildAndFree. But this isn’t an advisable way to go about one’s career and finances.
Unexpected things happen even to the youngest of persons. Responsibilities may spring up from right, left and centre and all of these things mostly need to be solved with money.
Hence, the lack of proper savings or investments will make it difficult to gain financial freedom.
- Staying in a job with no future x Underemployed
It’s fine to take up that job that may not have prospects at the beginning of your career. Not a lot of people get their dream jobs at the start of their careers.
However, you must take deliberate steps to stay on that job for as short as possible, after gaining the required experience.
On the other hand, a job might pay surprisingly well but be careful to evaluate if this company offers you the chance for upward mobility or growth. If it doesn’t, don’t plan to stay on for a long time as well.
You can set a timeline for yourself and while you’re doing this, apply to other companies offering better opportunities.
- Not speaking up
It can feel intimidating being a young person at a company — especially if it’s a big one — that you may find it challenging to speak up.
For instance, without speaking up, you may remain underpaid for your role and this may make you dissatisfied with your job.
You can start cultivating the habit of speaking up by exercising your communication skills.
You can practice with your friends and build up your confidence from there. Of course, salary raise isn’t the only advantage one can gain from speaking up.
Expressing your opinions on matters like company policies, company culture, and feedback from your supervisor are some of the advantages of speaking up.
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