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15 Career Tips from Amy

October 25, 2016


Amy Dawson spoke a few weeks ago about her current position as Executive Vice President at Fahlgren Mortine, and the path she took to get there. She left us with 15 pieces of advice:

  • Practice critical thinking and relationship building.

    • Ask yourself: Is this the best way to do it? Who should I ask? What other information do I need? Practice building and maintaining relationships.

  • Get an internship.

    • If you can’t get one, volunteer. Any experience you can add to a portfolio will benefit you.

  • Practice your presentation and public speaking skills.

    • The more you do it, the better you’ll get!

  • Know how to work on a team.

  • Establish strong writing skills.

    • Practice different formats and styles. Know proper grammar!

  • Be a good storyteller.

    • All that this field is, is telling good stories, and knowing when to tell them.

  • Have good organization and prioritization skills.

    • Clients’ needs will come and go, and you will constantly be shifting and juggling work.

  • Understand the value of integration.

    • Think holistically about the problem you’re trying to solve.

  • Have enthusiasm and passion for the work you do.

    • These are skills that can’t be taught!

  • Be inquisitive.

    • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or help. Come with a proposed solution, however, not just a problem.

  • Build your professional networks.

    • Develop your LinkedIn profile. Connect with the professionals you meet.

  • Don’t wait for the work to come to you, go after it.

    • If you don’t have enough to do, ask if you can help anyone. Go after any ideas and thoughts you have that might be of assistance to someone.

  • Only put forth your best.

    • Work needs to be client ready. Pay close attention to detail.

  • Be open to constructive feedback.

    • View feedback as a way to get better.

  • Show gratitude.

    • Thank people often. Write thank you notes, show your appreciation.


And remember, the only dumb question is the one you should have asked, but didn’t.

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