THURSDAY THOUGHTS! - Advice to your younger self

Posted by | April 19, 2012 | Thursday Thoughts | No Comments

Travelling home from work last night, listening to the radio in the car, I heard a feature about the youth job market in the UK.  Three young people, who were unemployed but had been job seeking for a year ,were tasked with contacting friends of theirs who had either left the UK to work elsewhere, or whom had returned to their native country to work.  The conversation with said friend was recorded for the radio and covered one in Holland (more incentive to stay in education and lots of health service opportunities), one in Germany (tax issues appeared preferential plus paid internships) and one in Hong Kong (growth high).  They discussed what each respective country’s efforts were around youth employment and the relative opportunities available.  All three came to the conclusion that if they had not secured paid employment by the end of this year, they would go international with their job searching and move.  But it made me think:

“Knowing what you know now, what would you advise your younger self to do when starting out?”

How would you adapt your approach given the wisdom you now possess – if at all?  And more importantly …. give some reasons.

Hope you enjoy this week’s question – it certainly made me think!

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  • Alison Crawford says:

    My advice to myself would be that it’s OK to change you mind and stop doing something that you don’t enjoy (for when I hated myself for quitting my PhD, which was the best decision I ever made). I would probably advise myself to worry less about the future and do more travelling, but then again that’s advice I need to heed right now! I don’t really think I’d want my younger self to do much differently really – it’s all good learning experience – but I think I’d advise myself that it would all pan out in the end anyway and to worry less.

  • Aresko says:

    What a lovely “blue” answer Alison 🙂 Lots there about chilling and trusting your instincts and more than anything else, not beating yourself up about taking action on the basis of what other people might or might not think. Love it! I’m going to take a bit of your advice myself I think! Thanks for commenting.

  • Peggy Edwards says:

    I would tell myself…Girl you will never have a flat stomach so be grateful for how thin you actually are, use expensive face cream earlier and stop thinking it is ‘too soon’ to move onto another opportunity, you have learnt enough and you must keep pushing forward.

  • Aresko says:

    So this is about being comfortable with, and having faith in, yourself … in lots of ways! Confidence is a truly wonderful thing, but one of those things that is easy to say or tell but hard for the individual to actually go off and achieve. Confidence can’t be hurried, or bought, but it can be given, and taking the opportunity to boost someones confidence doesn’t have to be burdensome. It can be achieved in small but regular steps, supported by regular and constructive feedback and its the most wonderful feeling ever to see someone you’ve invested this effort into, growing and blooming in their own ways. It’s why I love management and coaching so much (and indeed, being a mother to 4 wonderful children!) Sometimes you hear that special someone repeating something your’ve said or done, and instantly, you know you’ve made a difference 🙂

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