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Building Careers UK are currently looking for new recruits for our close knit team.

Looking at trainee recruitment consultants has got us thinking about advice we wish we’d had earlier in our careers. Directors Tamsin Marlowe (TM) and Debbie King (DK) sat down to consider what they would tell their younger selves.

Here’s some of what they said...

Don’t be afraid

DK: “To ask questions – you’re young! No one expects you to know everything, so don’t be afraid to ask, or find a mentor figure. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way – the important isn’t what people think of you or if you get it right. It’s just important you give it a go!”

TM: “To take risks! I wish I’d gone to Dubai when I was younger and I had the opportunity. There are always great reasons to stay in your comfort zone – but it’s better to regret what you’ve done than what you haven’t.”

Don’t settle for second best

DK: “Don’t settle for second best. If you want to do something, don’t settle for something easier, less scary, more comfortable. Try and push yourself. You never know what could happen.”

Be confident & believe in your own abilities

TM: “You have to believe you can do it – because you can do it! Don’t doubt yourself if you have a gut instinct about something.”

DK: “Have more confidence in your own abilities. Ask for things you deserve! It can be really tough to break away from the crowd but it can be the best decision you make.”

Save some money!

TM: “It can be easy, especially in a job that has commission, to spend what you earn. Try to save money – whether it’s £10 or £100. You never know when you might need your savings. Invest in a pension as early as you can – I didn’t until I was 30 and I wish I started when I was 20.”

Try new things

TM: “Travel more – explore and see the world while you don’t have commitments! If COVID has taught us anything it’s to get out there and enjoy!”

DK: “Don’t put plans down to ‘one day.’ Do it now! Life isn’t about work. Are you enjoying what you’re doing? If you’re not, do something about it today! Never be stuck somewhere or doing something you don’t enjoy. Be happy – say yes! Take that trip! Get the dog!”

Some interesting advice there from our directors, with positive ideas for a happy future! What do you think of the advice from Debbie and Tammy? What advice would you give your younger self?

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