As we head into the second half of 2020, we thought it was time to reflect on the first six months of a year we are all unlikely to forget. Faced with the spread of an unprecedented global pandemic, we’ve all been forced to shift gears and redefine what is ‘“normal.” We’ve spent more time this year catching up with professionals to hear about their experiences and how they’re approaching the changes in the market. With that in mind, we’ve decided to compile some of the best advice we’ve heard through interviews, conversations with professionals and a variety of other sources.
This article will be broken up into the following categories:
- Tips for excelling in your current role
- Tips for getting into your next role
- Tips for managing your career during unprecedented times
Be willing to take on any role, flexible skill sets are key
Having a versatile toolkit and demonstrating that you are willing to take on new initiatives, will always be well received in any organisation. This is especially true in early-stage startups where you will often have to wear multiple ‘hats’ and take on responsibilities that aren’t always in your job description.
Mike Goodman, Chief of Staff at the healthcare startup Oshi Health, explains how versatile his role can be: “If you’re a Chief of Staff at an early-stage company, your primary role will be to keep the organization on track and pitch in against high priority gaps that need filling. One day you can be a de facto COO and the next you can be a de facto commercial lead.”
This is true across other roles, like in consulting which can at times seem a bit like individuals playing a team sport. A McKinsey & Company, Engagement Manager shared, “Good things happen to people who raise their hand to help out.”
Be intentional and proactive with communication and relationships
Building relationships within any organisation is vital to ensure there are open channels of communication across teams and functions. Ultimately, these channels will enable success across the business. This can also create easier pathways if you’re interested in moving internally to a different role.
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