The Wall Street Journal Guide to Building Your Career by Jennifer Merritt

By Jennifer Merritt

Are you searching for an insignificant job—the sort the place you do nearly a similar factor each day, 12 months after yr, and spend the hours counting down the mins until eventually the clock hits 5 p.m.? Or are you trying to find a career—the style that engages your pursuits and passions, consistently provides new and intriguing possibilities and demanding situations, and lets you develop individually and professionally?

If you selected the latter, this is often the e-book for you. In The Wall road magazine advisor to construction Your Career, former Wall highway Journal careers editor Jennifer Merritt exhibits you the way to construct the root for the satisfying expert occupation that results in that nook workplace. She'll stroll you thru how to:

• opt for and nab that vital career-launching collage internship
• Ace your first interview—and blow them away within the moment round
• Navigate the unwritten ideas of any place of work culture
• Negotiate tastefully and effectively for the wage your talents are worth
• Get that serious promoting if you find yourself on the height of your studying curve
• decide upon the mentor (or mentors) who can most sensible assist you in attaining your goals
• bounce prior to different excessive achievers racing you to the top

Drawing on recommendation from specialists, profession coaches, and usual humans who have made the climb themselves, Merritt deals insider counsel for touchdown and relocating up within the form of activity that is not with regards to incomes a paycheck yet approximately understanding your pursuits and reaching the type of good fortune you might have regularly dreamed of.

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If everyone congregates at a set of picnic tables outside to eat lunch, ask if you can join in; if your group members eat lunch at their desks, do the same at least a few times a week. Other things to notice: Do people take turns making Starbucks runs every afternoon? After a few days on the job, offer to take a turn (and then be sure to get the orders on paper). A final note on culture: observing the way things work in the company and department can be valuable for making your own decisions about where and how you want to work.

Cue the deer-in-headlights feeling. You’ll be wondering—even if you asked long ago—how, exactly, do I succeed in this internship? Don’t worry if the answer doesn’t come to you right away; it will. Tackle the summer internship like you would a class you love and want to ace—give the work your full attention, study up, and put your best work forward. Seems obvious, right? The key to your success for the next eight to twelve weeks (the typical length of a summer internship) will be to exceed your boss’s expectations.

And don’t just set off on an assignment, ask for clarity on anything you don’t fully understand before you get started. And remember, you’re interning to get something out of it, too. It’s not all about the firm. Be sure to discuss your goals if your supervisor doesn’t ask. And when you check in during the summer, revisit those goals. If you’re meeting the boss’s expectations, but not addressing some of the expectations you brought with you, suggest ways to do so that fit in with the team or company and its broader mandates.

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