A Young, Young Professional Learning How to Be a Young Professional

A Young, Young Professional Learning How to Be a Young Professional

2600 1735 Jan Natividad

As there is only a few weeks left before my graduation, I have been thinking about my journey as a young professional.

One thing that I realized immediately was that as a young professional, I’m really…young. Compared to others who consider their selves young professionals, I’m definitely on the younger side of that spectrum.

For years, I have been trying so hard to convince myself that I am, for a lack of a better term, more than capable. The personal brand I developed was someone with the fresh perspectives of a young professional with the skills and experiences of a well-established professional. The truth of it all is I’m very much green. Even as a young professional, I am nowhere close to the calibre of some of my contemporaries. Throughout my career, I was well aware that I still have much to learn, but I don’t think I ever fully realized that until now. My time in university is almost up and there is still so much that I don’t know about the business world and the world in general.

As an exercise during this period of self-reflection, I read over every single article and blog post I’ve written on this website as well as some of my favourites that I’ve contributed to other sites. It’s extremely humbling to see your own personal growth and development. Over the years, I have developed a stronger voice – one that is more open, honest and unabashedly me (an incredible feat for an introvert such as myself).

After spending a considerable amount of time reflecting on the past four years, I stopped and thought to myself, “What now?” Note: this isn’t a “What now?” as in I’ve done all that I can in my life; far from it. This is a “What now?” as in I see multiple paths ahead of me, and I just need to pick one. For now, I think I’m going to leave my future wide open. I truly believe that, especially as a young, young professional, pigeonholing yourself to one career path is not the way to go. There is no five-year plan that we all need to follow. In fact, there is a beauty to being green that we all need to embrace.

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