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4 Excellent pieces of advice that helped me with my career

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I started my digital marketing journey in Jan'17 and looking back, I realized that one thing which has always helped me is, having some fantastic mentors.

I quickly realized - There will always be someone who is better qualified and more experienced than me – what makes ME stand out? What do I bring to the table apart from MY skill-set?

No employer only hires for skills and experiences, they are vital, and nothing negates that. However, soft skills – work style, resource management, and collaboration style are a close second. You can always acquire skills, do certifications and learn new tools – but how do you learn 'how' to work. This is what differentiates you from a ‘member’ of a team to an ‘essential member’ of a team.  

Some people are fantastic at picking up these soft skills up on their own and don’t need a mentor. Me, on the other hand, have always had an opportunity to be surrounded by some great people who have been vastly experienced not just with marketing but also have had an inspirational journey. 

Advice #1: ‘You need to be irreplaceable.’

My father, a great visionary and a businessman wore an employer’s hat and gave me this advice. I've always strived to achieve this goal for all my job positions – and anything less for me is not acceptable. If I'm replaceable, my work is not good enough. This ideology gives me the drive to work twice as hard to make my place. Though time taking, I know this will reap the most benefit for me. 

Advice #2: ‘No work is too small.’

As an intern, I was extremely enthusiastic about marketing automation, strategizing and planning – not realizing that there are a lot of basic things I needed to cover before I get there. A silly me thought that I wasn’t learning much from helping in organizing user conferences, gathering registrations or even gathering leads on the website. I could possibly not be more wrong. Everything I learned has immensely helped me grow.

Thus, everything you do today helps you later. I cannot stress enough how much it has helped me time and again. Starting small is the best way to go. 

Advice #3: ‘Focus on learning.’ 

This advice was from me to me. When I was looking for my first job, my focus was only on one thing. How much will I learn from this job? It is tough when the job market is low for graduates and perseverance and tears paid off when I landed my first job. But boy, oh boy, it was tough. Sometimes you might give up big names and a higher salary. The return, however, is worth it for your career. I am lucky enough to be part of an organization that encourages learning through and through. 

Advice #4: ‘Achieve small wins to gain trust.’ 

This was some fantastic advice which helped me immensely to show my calibre to my team. It started with small campaigns, taking the initiative and delivering those goals helped my leadership trust me with more responsibilities. This helped me grow exponentially and gave me the confidence I did need. I used my strengths to get through my rocks and worked on weaknesses to become better. 

We often read success stories and it seems like a long road ahead. Hence, thought I would share a ‘starter journey’ story talking about the initial road to let you know, there are lots like you and me trying to make a mark. This article is about my experience, not achievements. I have just started out and have achieved nothing exceptional. This isn't the gospel truth. What has worked for me up till now doesn't need to work for you. However, it might help you on your road to success.

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It was my take on what's the 'extras' you need once you've learnt the tools and have the certifications. This is a repost from my LinkedIn profile and mostly talks about my digital marketing career, but I do think this can help anyone else in their career too. :) 

10 comments

SriKumar P Atlassian Team Jan 30, 2020

Hi @Poorvi Jhawar 

Great write up. I can relate to Advice #1 and Advice #3.




-Sri

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Poorvi Jhawar Marketplace Partner Jan 30, 2020

Thanks @SriKumar P appreciate it :)

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Interesting ... 🤔 I actually live on the opposite of #1: make myself redundant. If I can ensure my work can be delegated efficiently to others I can grow into areas the company had not accounted for me initially and push the companies boundaries.

My other rules of life are:

#0 Do the best job I can. With this done, I will sleep in peace every day and if my relationship with a company doesn't work, I know it will be cultural.

#3 Happiness always pays off. Invest in the general wellbeing of those you support. That will never go wrong

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Poorvi Jhawar Marketplace Partner Jan 31, 2020

I think it comes from where you are at your career path. I’m not at that stage yet :)

I’m sure when I reach that stage, these advices won’t stay valid and I’ll have to find someone new- and I’ll get in touch with you 😋

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;) #1 I believe applies at any point in your career though :D

Imagine you work so well you manage to make your job seem too easy ;) (you automate stuff, introduce simple processes that help anyone be able to it up, settle a great new habit in the company that makes the task, just get done naturally). 

You'd find yourself being 'redundant' :) And the company would love you for it!!!

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Tim Keyes Atlassian Team Feb 01, 2020

Thank you for the advice.  I believe your advice provides an important balance of striving for excellence and humility.  Realizing that no work is too small, focusing on learning, and achieving small wins will set the conditions to be given the opportunity for larger wins.  I think you are starting to make it at a job when you become irreplaceable at a position, but you have really made it when you are irreplaceable for your ability to train and mentor co-workers to do the same skills at a high level.   

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Great advice! As a content/knowledge manager, I live and breath #3. None of us are ever too old to learn--a focus on learning will help us grow and develop in all aspects of our lives.

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Poorvi Jhawar Marketplace Partner Feb 02, 2020

Thanks @Shawn Kessler @Tim Keyes @Fernando Bordallo for chiming in! It is so nice to read a different perspective. When I write next about 'advice' I received - I'm sure to include some of these :) 

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Erica Moss Community Manager Feb 10, 2020

@Poorvi Jhawar I really loved reading about the things that have helped propel your career, Poorvi — thank you for sharing with us!

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Poorvi Jhawar Marketplace Partner Feb 10, 2020

Hi @Erica Moss 

You're such a fantastic writer! So coming from you means the world to me. 

Cheers

Poorvi

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