This is part of the #CareerAdvice series - featuring successful professionals who share their advice to people who would want to take their career to the next level.
How do you establish your professional network when you're fresh out of college? For Andy Yeo, Solutions Consultant at HootSuite APAC, he shares the importance of building an authentic relationship with anyone at any time, even before the graduation.
Andy Yeo, Solutions Consultant at HootSuite APAC
Can you tell us a bit about how you started your career? What are some of your best moments in your professional life?
My career started as a UNSW Marketing Co-op student which meant I had 3 internships lined up in the marketing departments of large corporations, showing me what I liked and disliked about the industry.
Before I graduated, a separate internship at Google defined what I wanted in my future career - to work for a company with fantastic culture and a path into the digital and technology space.
My best moments have been those in my short career where someone outside my immediate professional network has reached out and asked me for industry or career advice. It makes you realize you're definitely doing something right - you can truly help another individual and that's what we should all aim for as a measure of achievement.
If you could advise your 20-year-old-self today, what would tell him?
Build relationships and grow your network. Whether they're a company CEO you meet at an event, your friend from college or the 15-year-old down the road - get to know them and develop an authentic relationship with them. No matter their age, experience or background - they could inspire you, teach you or simply show you a different perspective which will help you grow both personally and professionally.
What has been the most valuable advice you've ever gotten when you were facing challenges in your career?
Stay positive and power through. This isn't advice limited to one's career but impacted my views on life in general. As a millennial, we often give up early since we have so many options available to us but the truth is, challenges in life and career are never ending and only get larger and more difficult. It's okay to feel upset or defeated but training yourself to look on the bright side means you'll bounce back faster, slowly work through your challenges and grow as a result.
What would you advise the millennial just starting with their career or aiming to take their careers to the next level?
Be humble and open minded with what you do and are willing to do. We live in an age of opportunity and we're spoilt with knowledge and expectations of how quickly we can advance in our career. Too many millennial forgo internships or junior roles believing they're 'too good' but it's these opportunities early on in your career which help you build a good foundation for future success. More importantly, don't complain about menial tasks or having to stay an hour later - demonstrate that you are committed to learning and aren't afraid to put in the hard yards.
You may follow Andy Yeo's career journey by connecting with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Watch out for the next post of the #CareerAdvice series and be sure to connect with me on Twitter @jonharules, LinkedIn and my blog, Social Media in Asia.