Dealing with Doubt
Starting out in any field can be challenging, but when you're young and trying to establish yourself, it can be especially daunting.
I got my first office job when I was 21 (I'm 23 now).
I was sitting at my desk on my first day when a veteran employee approached me to ask, "What are you doing here?"
I smiled and answered, "Hi, I'm Rae, the new marketing person."
His eyes scanned me up and down. A scowl spread over his face and he said, "Well, when you're twenty, no one's going to take you seriously."
He walked out without another word.
I spent the rest of the day wondering if what he said was true.
One of the biggest obstacles you may face when you're new in the workplace is the doubters - people who question your abilities and experience simply because of your age.
While there is lots to learn when you're young (and for the rest of your life), don't let doubt—self-doubt or otherwise—hold you back.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate these challenges and thrive in a professional setting:
1. Be confident in your skills and knowledge. Know your worth and believe in yourself.
2. Always be prepared. Do your research and make sure you have a solid understanding of the industry, company, and role you're in.
3. Build relationships and network. Connect with colleagues, mentors, and industry professionals who can support and guide you as you grow.
4. Continuously seek opportunities for growth and development. Invest in yourself and stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies in your field.
5. Be professional in your approach and communication. This includes being punctual, dressing appropriately, and speaking and writing professionally.
The bottom line is that your age doesn't have to hold you back from pursuing your goals and making a positive impact in your industry!
Everyone older and more experienced than you was once your age too. Yes, there is always more to learn, but that doesn't discount what you already know. In no time, the same co-worker who told me no one would take me seriously due to my age was asking for my help with social media... I guess that's the benefit of being 20 in marketing :)
So stay focused, work hard, and never let doubt discourage you. It's really not about proving anyone wrong. It's about valuing yourself enough to take your work seriously, delivering results, and leading by example.