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6 ways to determine if you’re in the right career

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6 ways to determine if you’re in the right career
COMMENTARY by Debby Hopkins

MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: What is one piece of advice all millennials should take before entering the workforce? is written by Debby Hopkins, CEO at Citi Ventures.

There is no question that millennials are shaping the job market in new ways — from founding companies like Task Rabbit, Airbnb and Lyft to redefining the workplace. As millennials continue to grow as a generation, the best piece of advice that I can offer is this: remember to think “big picture.” Here are some important questions to ask yourself to ensure you’re keeping this perspective when beginning your career.

What is your passion? Figure out what makes you happy, and find a way to make a career out of it. Even if it takes you down a different path than expected, you will undoubtedly learn something. For example, you may love architecture and discover that the work environment is too individual, or you may love PR and find that you really enjoy writing. In either instance, you’ve gained valuable insight to make future career decisions. Work requires a lot of energy; try to pick a role or industry you truly enjoy and be honest in assessing what keeps you motivated.

Does the company culture excite you? When you’re hired into company, you’re also hired into its culture. It’s important to consider whether this is the type of environment that will challenge you (in good ways) and empower you to achieve your best. Think about other settings where you excelled and whether this environment has comparable attributes.

Do you like your boss? This may sound trite, but it’s critical to make sure you have a connection with your boss. This person will have a profound impact on your work experience. Consider whether your manager will be a good advocate. They should encourage your development and growth through new opportunities and constructive feedback.

Are you part of the solution? Evaluate what the challenge is for your boss or your employer. Ask yourself whether your role is a position where you are able to be part of the solution. The more you’re able to drive an agenda forward, the more invaluable you’ll become.

Can you define your strengths “horizontally?” We often limit ourselves by what we have studied or what is reflected on our resumes. Instead, I suggest challenging yourself to keep an open mind. For example, it is possible to go into finance if you majored in art? Can you transition from an industrial career to one in technology? By thinking broadly about your capabilities you will open new doors and have the confidence to succeed.

Are you networking? If not, do so. This will help you discover new opportunities and develop key connections. Today’s world is increasingly defined by blurred industry lines and periods of uncertainty — considering diverse perspectives will help you stay innovative.

People will pay a lot of money for some peace and quiet.

I am what might politely be called sensitive to noise. When I was growing up, the sound of Garrison Keillor’s muffled, nasal bass coming up through the floorboards of my bedroom from the kitchen just before dinnertime drove me crazy; I would pound the floor and plead with my parents to turn it down. (They finally bought me a white noise machine from the Sharper Image.) Today I sleep with earplugs and keep extra sets in my office and in my handbag for emergency backup quiet. I am the one on the subway giving the evil eye to anyone talking too loudly, dropping notes under the doors of upstairs neighbors about their music habits, and skulking around the office trying to identify the source of the speakerphone conference call. I would set up residence in an Amtrak Quiet Car if they’d let me. It’s not overstating things to say that silence is my drug of choice. (You might wonder why I live in New York City. It’s a fair question.)

But Biosca is not alone in turning his back on the system. Earlier this year, Chef Frederick Dhooge of ‘t Huis van Lede in Belgium turned in his star because he wanted the freedom to cook fried chicken without being told it wasn’t a star-worthy dish. Biosca and Dhooge’s decisions signal the difficult position of rating agencies in rapidly evolving industries. The Michelin guide was considered a problem in the past, forcing chefs into the French high-end mold, but now the issue is the diners. While Michelin has accepted the radical makeover haute cuisine has undergone in recent years (just visit the punk rock website for recently minted 3-star DiverXo), many consumers who use the guide expect it to prize a traditional style.

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Continuing our pop-up shop conversation with, we dove into the different ways that brands can leverage their pop-up experiences:

1. Offload Inventory and Test Out a New Revenue Stream

2. Test Out New Products or Experiment With New Concepts

3. Use it as A Marketing Opportunity to Create Brand Awareness

4. Timing a Pop-Up with Seasonality or Holidays

5. Omni-channel Retail is the Future of the Industry

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