Matthew Wayne Gonzales replied to the topic YGL-LA Let’s Talk Tuesdays: What career advice do you wish you’d known earlier? in the forum Young Government Leaders LA 7 years, 10 months ago
I can only choose one piece of advice? Darn, I feel like there is so much to choose from. If I had to pick one piece of wisdom I wish I’d have known at the start of my career path, it would definitely be infiltration. I know this is a broad term, but I mean it in the least complex way. Visibility, networking, opportunities, and relationships can all be realized and leveraged through infiltrating one’s workplace or community. This idea combined with the hard work and talent that many of our young leaders are displaying today can elevate seemingly average employees into superstars. Building a reputation in your work group is one thing. Building a reputation in your organization requires some serious infiltration.
Mentorships, volunteering, and being vigilant are excellent ways to gain meaningful experiences while infiltrating your workplace. I wish I would have known the importance of this sooner, as it holds true for any avenue that eventually leads to a career, including school. internships, and part-time employment.
I now engage in mentoring sessions with senior leaders, volunteer for everything I can get my hands on that does not directly interfere with work, and I am constantly looking for new opportunities to meet new people and expand my work duties into other areas of the organization. It is still early on in my career, but I am already starting to realize the benefits of infiltrating and engaging my organization.
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