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11 Boss Women Share The Biggest Career Mistakes They’ve Made In Their 20s

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  1. Although I am still in my 20’s (26), I’ve been working since I was fifteen in professional settings, starting out as an intern. One of the largest career mistakes I made early on was not setting boundaries with people I work with. Boundaries exceed far beyond your personal life, which is something that I don’t believe people recognize. I had a terrible habit of not saying no when no was appropriate or accommodating bad behavior from superiors in the name of having a job. Another career mistake I made was not properly managing the expectations I had of others. Similar to Tola – I had no problem telling you where to get off and to get on, this stemmed from my expectation that because I treat you with the the utmost respect, that you would do the same and your manners should mirror my own. Truth is, not everyone is warm and fuzzy, some are downright rude and yes, even dangerous…professionally. If I could provide advice to anyone, it would be to spot professionally dangerous people, and set boundaries as appropriate. Allow your job to work for you, which means, if your job comes with added benefits, such as, tuition reimbursement, additional training’s, or corporate discounts – take advantage! Finally, I would advise that people start how they would like to finish, rest before they are tired, and always be your biggest advocate.

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  2. Lane says:

    A couple of mistakes I made in my twenties, and I’m just now able to reflecting back because I turned 29 last week.

    1. LOVE, thinking that every guy I meet is going to be my knight and shining armor. I invested so many years on this when I could have used this time to further my career or even start a business. I spent my 20’s thinking that I had to get married, start a family, and buy a house or else I was a failure.

    2. Complacent, While in college I landed a job at a great company, after graduation I soon got tired of the location and applied for another positon in another state. I got a promotion moved out of state, loved my Job and didn’t think I could get anything better. 5 yrs later I’m still here doing the same thing, although I love the freedom and pay for this job, I’m just now realizing that there is so much more out there and If I could just believe in myself, the possibilities are endless.

    Thank you for this great article!

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  3. Brittany Joy says:

    Not being assertive enough which usually leads to being disrespected and disregarded.

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  4. Nikki says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I am in tears right now. It’s so hard to find your way in 20’s. Thanks for this encouragement!

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  5. Nae says:

    This article is right on time. I am currently in my late 20’s deciding if grad school is the best move for my career advancement. I currently work in sales for a large company and I agree with Gia, be faithful and fearless to yourself – or, as I think of it, to thine own self be true. I purchased Myliek’s “This is My Year” journal and have been really focusing on what it is I want for myself, where I want to go and how I plan on taking myself there. Great article.

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  6. Baby Girl says:

    This article has been so useful for me! I am in my early 20s and I just moved across the country to LA in pursuit of a career in my major field. I lied to my family and friends about how much money I had saved bc I knew they’d talk me out of moving until I saved more. Despite my savings, I moved. It’ll be a year in 2 months since I am still searching. I maintain myself with a part time job in the meantime. Things get really tough, but I feel like I am exactly where I need to be. This article has provided me with confirmation that I need to continue chasing my dreams 🙂

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  7. Whitney k. says:

    I could relate to all of these stories… I’m turning 30 next week and I can honestly say I took the time to learn and correct my mistake from my 20s. Love this!

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  8. C. Jolie says:

    I’m still in my early 20s but I’ve been working for a long time. As someone that wants to work on side projects, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is sacrifice. Even if it’s not a job in my desired field, working somewhere that’ll give me an income to invest in my own projects will get me closer to where I want to be and open up more opportunities for what I really want.

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  9. Danielle says:

    I’m in my 20s and this article really hit home! One thing I’ve learned is that money isn’t everything. About a year ago I left a job I loved for an opportunity to make more money. I learned the hard way that finding a good job “fit” is actually really important and your happiness is invaluable.

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  10. Great article and job Tola L!

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  11. Wow, they’re all so young!

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  12. Loved this post. Really good advice.

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  13. Sonya Hurbon says:

    Love this article….each viewpoint I can relate to!

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  14. ShaySu says:

    Loved this post. I’m 24 now, graduated last year with my bachelors in psychology. I’m currently working at a call center and I feel like I am a failure right now.

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    1. Cherry says:

      You’re not a failure. I remember gray dating with my masters and feeling the same, especially when it seems like everyone has a job in the field but you. However, my mom (Masters in Ed.) and of my mentors (a white PhD) both told me how difficult it was for them to find employment in their fields at different times. It’s hard out here but don’t give up and always utilize your friends, resources, professors, etc. Good luck! 🙂

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      1. Cherry says:

        Graduating**

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  15. Really enjoyed this post. So real, so relatable. And I love the variety in professions featured on this! So here for this!!

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  16. Melissa says:

    I love how things are shown to you exactly when you need to see it. Authentic different perspectives. Great article!

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  17. DNN says:

    And one career mistake I made back in the day was not staying focused with affiliate marketing and blogging back in the late 1990’s when I just started learning how to market online. Though this stuff if lots of work and you have to create lots and lots of content, it’s also a beautiful labor of love.

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