Make the Most of Your 20s Professionally | #fresherz
We’ve been called preadults, emerging adults, millennials, the lost decade. We’re told our 20s
are the “defining decade,” that 80 percent of life’s most significant events take place by age 35, women still only make between .66 to .91 cents to every man’s $1, and only hold 4.8% of Fortune 500 CEO positions. To change that, we should Lean In, ask for the raise, but not be afraid to start at the bottom. Maybe while we’re at it, we should choose a husband while we’re still in college.
In reality, young women receive a lot of mixed messages about how to get where we want to go professionally and personally. We’ve seen lists on “20 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make” go viral and helped make it happen. One thing is clear: we’re searching for answers.
A few years ago I moved to New York in pursuit of a dream only to spend an embarrassing number of days existing on ramen and canned beans. Working from a “home office” translated to “homebound,” because who had money for a $14 cocktail from the nearby dive bar? I could feel the judgment vibes from everyone who wrote me “We believe in you!” cards for graduation. The truth is, my 20-something experience isn’t so unusual.
But as Diane von Furstenberg said, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the
woman I wanted to be.” So I turned to similar success stories and curated their #1 secrets of
professional and personal success. If you worry whether you’re teetering on the edge of the next big thing, or on the brink of returning to your parents’ basement, read on for the 10 top ways to make the most of your 20s… from the professional women leaders changing the world who shared their secrets with me.
1. Have a vision.
2. Start before you’re ready.
3. Be intentional.
4. Choose a role model.
5. Define your value system.
6. Learn to budget and save money.
7. Choose your friends wisely.
8. Build a strategic digital presence.
9. Know that you’re more than your job.
10. Don’t rush.
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