Looking for some total girl boss advice and top notch career inspo? We asked six leading Kiwi women what career advice would they go back and give them-self when they were first starting out on the bottom rung of their job. Here’s what they had to say.
Toni Street, Seven Sharp’s TV host and radio presenter on The Hits, said, “I’d tell myself that the long, irregular hours, and moments of self-doubt are all worth it in the end. Keep doing what you’re doing, listen, learn and eventually it will all pay off. I’d also tell myself to not rush through any of the steps, enjoy every moment and every experience for what it is, because they go so quickly.”
Kathryn Wilson of Kathryn Wilson shoes commented, “To think big. Be open to ideas that don’t conform to other people’s views, be headstrong and brave and back yourself and your ideas. Be respectful of other people’s time and opinions, even if not shared with your own. Take advice from those who have been there before you have, and remember to laugh along the way. Life is already too complicated to take everything too seriously. Some of the best successes are the outcome of mistakes made.
My mum also taught be the importance of ‘choosing a job you love so you never work a day in your life’. This was great advice I followed when I was 20!”
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, said, “Work hard, be ambitious, be brave. If you’re not sure whether you should go for it, go for it anyway. Just push all the doubt away and go for it. You’re always so fearful of a no, and then maturity teaches you that actually ‘no’ is not the worst thing that can happen in life.
As a teenager you think “what if I fail” but a bit of maturity makes you realise a bit of failure is not the end of the world.”
Jacinda Ardern, Labour’s deputy leader, said, “Career advice to my past self? That would be simple. Follow your heart, and do what you love.
I remember trying to make a decision about what I would study. I was so worried about whether I would find work at the end of spending such a huge amount on my education, that I picked a subject based on employability rather than whether it was something I would want to do. That didn’t turn out very well! In the end, I just said yes to anyone who offered me a volunteer opportunity that I was excited about. Eventually, volunteering turned into work (with a few tough jobs in-between!) and I now feel incredibly privileged to do what I love every single day.”
Nadia Lim of My Food Bag said, “Set your sights high, aim big because nothing is impossible, but don’t sacrifice fun, friends or family time – so work hard to kick your goals, but also have fun, rest and look after yourself along the way or else it won’t be sustainable. And always, always, remember your purpose.”
LeeAnn Yare of Collected said, “Never accept the word no. There is always a yes in there somewhere, everything is achievable if you work hard and make it happen.