Day 8 of 100 Days of Blogging, What Career Advice Would I Give Myself 11 Years Ago

Welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging, as we’re going back through the categories we’re back to Education and Career and today’s prompt states “What career advice would you give your 16-year-old self?” Most of this is going to be education related, but we’ll also discuss practical career advice.

First, the biggest piece of advice that I would give my 16 year old self would be either to focus more on science and math and learn how to do homework and how to study, or not base part of my identity on being able to do those things and think that I’m going to be able to succeed in an engineering program at the college level. I wasted about half a year of college because I didn’t know how to do homework or how to properly study for tests. I was always the annoying kid that didn’t have to study for anything and routinely got an A on the test even though the only thing he did was read the chapter the night before or even the five minutes before class. If I had developed those skills I would have saved myself a lot of heartache when it came to school in my early days at college.

The next piece of advice I would give my 16 year old self is to not fall for the pyramid scheme known as Cutco. It wasn’t worth it and it didn’t really add anything to my resume and I would’ve been better off either getting a real job or just spending my summer improving my studying skills. The Cutco experience was not a good one, and I don’t look back on it fondly.

The next piece of advice I would give myself is to maintain the year break that I took between college and law school even if I completed my college journey in four years. I actually liked having that down time where I didn’t have to worry about anything other than going to work and helping customers. While it would still delay the start of my career in law, it was still a good reprieve from the years of schooling I had gone through up to that point.

The last piece of advice I would give myself would be to not accept the job with the law firm I had worked at for my third year. I would tell myself to hold out for a better law firm because while that job did show me how law firms work and how Worker’s Compensation works, it was not a good environment for me to actually grow and learn in, and combined with it being the hardest year of law school I was not having a good time. I would tell myself to find a different law firm to work for because there are better law firms to work at.

So there you have it, that is the advice I would give my 16 year old self in regards to our career.

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