It’s your first day at work, you are elated.

Finally, you have gotten the job you longed for. You run your fingers around the edges of your mahogany work desk and breath a sigh of relief.

But, Hey! It does not end there, hun.

More often than not, we are not so sure of what to expect while we trode down the corridors of building a career. This is not to say that I am a soothsayer from Endor but having a level of prepared mindset about certain things will be of great help to you.

Here are some essentials to add to your career woman bucket list:

Emotional Intelligence

As much as you think everyone donning a suit and tie is pretty intelligent, we are all humans. There is a high probability for co-employees and even employees to piss you off. Do you open your vent, release hot vapour and chime like a moving train? I believe you know that taking control of the situation is a better option.

Recognize, understand and manage your own emotions

Recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others

This is what emotional intelligence entails. We are emotional creatures who often make decisions and respond to stimuli based on our emotions. As a result, our ability to grow in EQ has an enormous impact on all of our relationships, how we make decisions and identify opportunities.

Positivity, analytical thinking and self- awareness will help you have a grip over your emotional intelligence.

Growth Mindset 

A growth mindset isn’t just about effort. Perhaps the most common misconception is simply equating the growth mindset with effort.

Certainly, effort is key for achievement, but it’s not the only thing. Being open to trying new strategies and seek input from others when they’re stuck should be an action plan.

This repertoire of approaches not just sheer effort to learn and improve leads to incredible success at anything.

  • Be Resilient to criticism
  • Look for ways to improve
  • Enjoy challenges
  • Approach problems with an “I  can do it” attitude

Office Dynamics 

In every office, there is a chain of command or an organizational flow to how the office operates. You can look at your company’s organizational chart to get a first idea of how things are run, but don’t stop there. Some people may be further down the chain of command, but still, wield a lot of power.

For example, an administrative assistant may not have a top title or salary, but they often serve as gatekeepers to the boss. If you’re not nice to them, they won’t put in a good word for you and you could find your career stopped before it starts.

It is super important to understand the existing structure of your office and learn how to navigate within it.

Don’t be a floater in a pool, be a submarine under the sea.





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