Lessons From My First Job // CEO in Progress

Lessons From My First Job

There’s so much change happening right now and I’m excited but nervous at the same time. Starting anything new can be a little scary, but new opportunities are work the risk. I’ve learned so much over the course of my short time at my current job, and I wanted to take a moment to look back on some of my favorites.


Lessons From My First Job // CEO in Progress
Picture from my first day of work last year!

 When to say yes and when to say no

I’ve quickly learned there are some opportunities that are too good to pass up and some that should be passed on. You need to be open to saying yes to new challenges, but also to saying no before you end up regretting a quick yes to a long, difficult, or boring project. I tend to say yes to way too many things, then I’m put in charge of projects way outside of my scope of work or where I’m over my head. It’s good to say yes, but make sure you have the time to commit to it.

How to realize what you are passionate about

There’s some things that seem exciting or interesting in the classroom, but are different in the real world. It takes an intro in to the real world to find out what’s truly interesting to you and what you like to do every day. It’s different to do something once in a project at school, but being in charge of it day in and day out can be a whole different scenario.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

In my internship I used to be so scared of asking questions, even when it was something that I had not experience in. I was worried about looking like I didn’t know I was doing, but in reality I didn’t! I now have more courage to ask questions, learn more about what I’m working on, and take the time to fully understand what’s being asked of me and how the process works as a whole. No question is ever stupid, and no one ever should look down on you for trying to gain insight.

How to balance

If you stay late every day, work through your lunch, constantly keeping your brain going trying to solve problems, you are going to burn out. I’ve learned to set boundaries, take breaks, and mentally step away from work when needed.

It’s also really easy to work all day then come home and completely crash. You need to make sure that your outside of work life is balanced with your work life, filled with exercise, activities and connections.

The importance of exercise

I can easily get obesity after working in a typical workplace for a year and a half. People never getting up from their desks, not walking around, getting fast food for lunch, sneaking a bagel in the morning and cookies in the afternoon, not drinking any water. My head is beginning to hurt just thinking about it. My saving grace has been my hourly stair runs, walks at lunch, and saying no to sweets even when they’re oh so tempting. Check out my post on healthy snacks if you need some inspiration!

How to create an organization system

I had such a good organization system before starting my new job. I had each day broken down in to routine and project tasks, and I kept it up all the time, constantly updating and crossing things off at my internship. But when I came to my full-time role, I realized that wasn’t going to work anymore because the workflow took a complete 180. Although I had to throw my old system out the window, I was able to create one that helps me best, and that’s the most important thing.

How to evaluate your life

It’s easy to get stuck in the everyday routine. Not noticing how things are playing out on a larger scale. Sometimes you need those moments of reflection in order to take a step back and make sure you’re on the right path.


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