20 Tips for a successful Career Start

The following 20 tips should help you to make your start in professional life as successful as possible.


Good preparation and practical experience lay the foundation for your career.


1. Before you start your professional life, you should think carefully about your goals and wishes. Use today's wide range of media to inform yourself as well as possible in advance. Job fairs or internships can also help you. If you have not made these preparations for your first job, I recommend that you do so. Career preparation is important and serves as a guardrail for your first years on the job.


2. In order to gain as much practical experience as possible before you start your career, activities as a working student, an internship or a trainee program are suitable. Experience abroad or, for example, working for a development aid organization can also be helpful, as international and intercultural skills are becoming increasingly important in professional life and everyday life.


3. check your career preparation described in point 1 and the associated expectations against reality - at the latest after the first few weeks of your entry. Unfortunately, it is still the case that career starters are used for simple work in the first few months instead of being given goal-oriented work experience right from the start. Career starters and newcomers often hide their light under a bushel and accept poor working conditions by holding back during the first few years of their career, for example in the hope of earning extra points for their resume.


4. If the reality doesn't match your preparation and expectations, don't be afraid to use your own right to end the probationary period. Many are still afraid of this step: they assume that such a decision could be a black mark on their resume. Often, however, the opposite happens, because many employers like it when young professionals know what they want.


Further training, networking, strengthening soft skills.


5. The learning process does not end when you start your career. Keep up to date with the latest developments in your field and take part in further training to expand your knowledge and skills.


6. Contacts are also important for young professionals: establish relationships with colleagues, superiors and other experts in your field. A strong network can help you develop your career and find new opportunities.


7. In addition to technical knowledge, soft skills such as communication skills, teamwork and problem-solving skills are crucial for professional success. Put a lot of focus on these, especially at the beginning of your career, and constantly strengthen them.


8. Feedback is a valuable tool for improving your skills. Be open to constructive criticism and use it to develop yourself.



9. Learn to prioritize and complete tasks efficiently. Good time management becomes increasingly important as your professional experience grows. Take the opportunity to: Practice early! One useful method, for example, is the Pomodoro tactic.


Career development through openness and commitment.


10. Show interest in new projects and tasks in order to develop yourself and expand your skills and knowledge. 


11. Train yourself to think positively and to treat colleagues and superiors with respect. This contributes to a pleasant working environment.


12. Try to step out of your comfort zone as often as possible. You can grow and develop through new experiences and tasks.


13. Use professional online platforms such as Linkedin to present your professional profile and get in touch with other professionals.


14. Flexibility is an important quality, especially at the beginning of your career. Be open to change, work overtime or take on new tasks. This shows your commitment and adaptability.



15. Seek mentors or more experienced colleagues who can support you in your professional development. Mentors can provide valuable advice and help you discover potential.


First impressions count: professional appearance for career success.


16. Your external appearance plays a role in professional life. Dress appropriately and ensure a well-groomed appearance to leave a professional impression.


17. Good communication skills are crucial for your career: therefore, practice clear and precise communication, both written and verbal, at an early stage.


18. Every job brings new challenges. Be prepared to continuously learn and adapt to new tasks.


19. It is important to find a balance between your professional and personal life. Even at the beginning, make sure you have enough time for recreation, hobbies and social contacts to lead a healthy working life.


20. Show your achievements and successes. In short, actively market yourself. Be proud of what you have achieved, but share it with others not boastfully, but with some humility if it helps your career.


Starting a career can always be filled with challenges and setbacks. Stay optimistic and don't give up. Set realistic goals, the SMART formula will help you, and always stay on the ball. A successful career start requires time, patience and commitment. By following these tips, you can lay a strong foundation for your professional career. Stay motivated, learn from experience, and be prepared to continuously grow and develop. Good luck!


What experiences have you had in your first job? Do you have any valuable tips to keep in mind for a successful start?


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