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Your twenties is an interesting time in your career. It is the time where you get to figure out your place in the real world, while navigating your way through jobs, career progression and getting accustomed to work place behaviour. You may begin with a good job with benefits, or you could start small. Whatever the case, your twenties are a vital stage in your career life. Here’s what not to do during this vital period:

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Working without a clear goal in mind

It is essential to create career goals to reach your dream job. If you want to work up to management or you want to open your own business, you will need a solid plan that outlines the steps that you need to take to reach those goals. The more detailed your plan, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

 Failure to keep up with the changing job market

Careers no longer stay the same, and job expectations change as fast as technology does. Even if you graduate with wonderful skills, you can fall behind if you do not work on staying current with programming or other skills. It is essential that you take the time in your twenties to find conferences to attend and professional organizations that you can join. These things will show future employers that you are serious about continuing to learn and grow throughout your entire career.

Staying underemployed

Depending on the current economic conditions, you may not have been able to find your dream job right out of school. Some graduates settle for a job that does not pay as well to gain experience in a specific field. It is okay to take a job like this to get your foot in the door at a great company or to gain the experience you need, but you do not want to stay in this position for very long.

Failing to build an identity

Although you may still be finding yourself when you are in your twenties and trying to figure out the field that you want to work in, you can still build a positive working identity that will help you build a solid career in your twenties. From each job, you should be able to pull out skills that will help you prepare for your next job.

 Staying in a job with no future

Your first job may have decent pay and good benefits, but you may find that it does not offer you an opportunity to grow your career. You may also find that conflict with management or other coworkers is holding you back from moving forward and landing your dream job.

By Damilola Faustino

Read also: Career Goals That Pay Off In The Long Term

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