Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Thursday, December 17, 2015
As an early professional, the world is your oyster! You have the opportunity to explore many paths and see where your interests lie. It is important to never settle and always strive to find a career and interests that you are passionate about. First and foremost, create a list of things that you are interested in; they do not need to be specific. After composing your list, think about possible careers that go along with each of those interests.
Second, while being self-sufficient in the workplace is important, it is also critical to have those around you that inspire you and can provide professional insight. As a young professional, your goal should be to find someone in the workplace that you consider a mentor. This person should be able to provide knowledge, support, and advice due to their experience.
Lastly, think of your long-term goals. Where would you ideally like to be in five, ten, even twenty years from now? It is important to not only know your short-term goals, but also set long-term goals for yourself as a professional. While these may be subject to change, having a general idea of where you see yourself in life professionally will help you to succeed.