Just some words of advice for those of you who are just entering the work force – especially if you’re going into the “creative” industry.
My co-worker, Stephanie, wrote up the below for our summer interns as a little parting gift. I thought it was too brilliant not to share. Here it is, verbatim – and yes, it was written presented to the interns in all caps:
“DO IT WITH A SMILE.
THERE’S NO BELL TO DISMISS YOU IN THE REAL WORLD.
- BEFORE YOU DARE PACK UP YOUR THINGS, YOU ASK YOUR MANAGER: WHAT ELSE CAN I HELP YOU WITH TODAY?
- YOU MUST HAVE PERMISSION TO LEAVE FROM YOUR MANAGER.
- IF YOU WANT TO WORK IN DESIGN, YOU CAN THROW YOUR SOCIAL LIFE OUT THE WINDOW.
IT’S NOT WHAT YOUR COMPANY CAN DO FOR YOU, IT’S WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COMPANY.
- YOUR BOSS IS NOT PAYING YOU TO BE HERE.
- WE CHOOSE TO PAY YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE HIGHER EXPECTATIONS.
IN FUTURE INTERVIEWS, IT’S NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO LEARN… IT’S WHAT YOU CAN DO.
- EMPLOYERS CARE THAT YOU CAN DO THE JOB EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.
- LEAVE YOUR PRIVATE SCHOOL AND IVY LEAGUE EDUCATION AT THE DOOR.
- ERASE THE SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT FROM YOUR MIND.
- DON’T EVER MENTION YOUR “CREATIVITY” – PROVE IT.
- THE BOTTOM LINE SHOULD BE THE DRIVING FORCE IN EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE AT WORK (AND IN LIFE).”
“LEAVE YOUR PRIVATE SCHOOL AND IVY LEAGUE EDUCATION AT THE DOOR.” Even though I graduated from Cornell, I’d personally like to back that point up – Ivy League institutions are known to breed students with “better-than-thou”/”to-good-to-do-this” attitudes. I know there are plenty of humble, modest graduates out there, but for those of you who aren’t, I’d advise you to tone it down. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself, especially in this workforce.
You will be doing menial tasks at some point, and you will do it with a smile. You will be working with people who have more experience than you, so check your ego at the door. Your Ivy League degree may help you the most in law or medicine, but the creative industry is a whole different ball park.