Amy Hallahan - Enterprise Account Executive @ Microsoft
It's tough but to make it easier, surround yourself with a great network. Take the time to get to know and understand people.
Keep your learning mindset. Coming out of college we are lucky that we have been forced to be in a learning mindset, bring that into a new job with you. It’s a skill many people have outgrew because they have been in the workforce for years. Use it to your advantage and constantly challenge the ‘traditional’ ways of thinking.
You will be surrounded by very smart people, instead of comparing yourself to them, learn from them. Your weaknesses are probably someone else’s strengths so learn from and collaborate with those people.
Keith Boucher - Enterprise Account Manager @ Oracle
Don't mistake impatience for ambition. It is great to be driven, but if you view every step along your journey to your overall goal solely as an obstacle you may be missing out on the growth opportunity that step has to offer.
Set goals and even timelines to achieve them, but also recognise that if things aren't happening on the exact schedule you set that its not the end of the world and shouldn't be cause for panic.
"Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years" - Bill Gates
Bébhínn Sheridan - UX Researcher @ Workday
Self-reflect regularly. Whether it's after an interview (good or bad), upon completing a course/project or just after a long week, take time to ask yourself:
What am I proud of/what did I do well? (Start with the positive things) How did I approach that? What would I have done differently?
Overall, what did I learn that I can take with me for the next interview, course, week at work, etc. You can keep the answers in your head, write them down or talk about it with a friend/family. Reflection is a muscle to be exercised as it can, overtime, add a layer of maturity to your experience that will shine through in your conversations with colleagues, in your approach to work, and in interviews and applications.
It's also a good habit for your well-being so you don't get bogged down with the tough stuff. A helpful mantra to remember is: "To try to be better is to be better".
Ian Guerin - Account Executive @ Spendesk
I don't believe that success is measured by how much money you make; it's finding a way to do something you love for a living. It doesn't particularly matter what it is, as long as you're passionate about it.
Treat yourself as a business and appoint yourself the CEO. Find out what your core competencies are and once you've found them, your goal should be to establish a process where you incrementally learn and develop critical skills around those competencies.
Keep grafting and know that recognition, promotion and financial rewards will come in time.
Jack Sheehan - Relationship Manager @ Intercom
The advice I'd give graduates is that there can be a number of reasons why they don't get accepted for a role. There could be a candidate with more experience, there could be a candidate referred by somebody high up in the organisation, there may be a hiring freeze, there could be internal candidates etc etc.
My advice is to not take it personally when you get rejected from a role, it doesn't mean that you didn't do a great job or that you wouldn't have been successful in the role.
Niall Hurley - Solutions Consultant @ Workday
I’d say advice wise on entering the real world - be ready to learn and ask questions every day. You’re not expected to know anything but you're expected to find out what you don’t know and put whatever it is into practice.