on April 23, 2019 Chatterkick Working in Social Media Family Owned Business

16 Career Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me In My Twenties

Good advice is worth its weight in gold. Think about all the gems your mother, father, teachers and employers have told you over the years and how their words of wisdom have changed the trajectory of your life. (We’ll wait for tears … ok, back to it.) We’re no different here at Chatterkick. Many of us have mentors, parents and friends who have bestowed these thoughtful nuggets upon us and now we’re sharing them with you.



1. Don't Get Down About Mistakes

“Don’t get down about mistakes and let them detour your motivation. Instead, look at the situation and decide what you could have done better; turn it into a takeaway, rather than something that affects you negatively.” Kelsey Bailey 


2. Get To Know Everyone

“Get to know everyone who works with you, their name, where they are originally from and one thing about their lives whether it is family, pets or hobby. Every time you greet them, call them by their name and ask about their lives.” Molly Ernst


3. Make Sure You're Taken Care Of

“Put on your oxygen mask first, before you help the person next to you. Meaning, make sure you’re taken care of physically, mentally and emotionally before you try to do anything else.” Hannah Alkadi 


4. Using Google is ok.

“Using Google is ok. It’s ok to ask and answer your questions, it shows initiative.” Tiffany Kleinpeter


5. Don't Stress, You'll Learn Things On The Spot

“Do as many internships as possible and get as much experience as possible before you start working. Don’t stress, you’ll learn things on the spot and age is not a determining factor for knowledge.” Joelle Kruger


6. Surround Yourself With People Who Have Different Skills

“Surround yourself with people who have different skills than yours so you have the best, well-rounded team for your business.” Kristy Plucker 


7. You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.

"The saying you catch more bees with honey than vinegar is a piece of advice that goes a long way. The culmination of your career is the impression you leave on others, leave a sweet one instead of a sour." Allison Gates


8. Micro Hustle // Macro Patience

“Be a student of the industry and be a student of the career and stay willing to learn and change. Be curious, be proactive. Stay focused on your goals with micro hustle to get tasks done and macro patience to see the big picture results.” Kelsey Martin 


9. Get To The Point

“Get to the point. You have about 15 seconds to get someone’s attention. Don’t waste time doing it.” Erin Sandage


10. Don't Get Too Attached To Your Concepts

“Don’t get attached to an original concept because there will always be changes. And usually, you’ll come up with something better than the original anyway.” Cody Maymon 


11. Work And Act For The Job You Want

“Work and act for the job you want, not the job you have. Also, spell people’s names correctly.” Mackenzie Thibodeaux


12. Capture Your Mistakes As A Learning Experience

“Instead of letting mistakes get you down or put you off the path, capture each one of those as a learning experience and look at it like, ‘What went wrong?’ and ‘What can I do better next time?’” Mary Ryan


13.  Run Towards The Roar

“Be the person who’s willing to jump in and help, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Run towards the roar.” Shannon Wynn


14. Don't Ask For Permission

“Don’t ask for permission; ask for forgiveness.” Chris Severn 


15. Think Beyond Your Job

"Think beyond your job description and lead beyond your role.” Emilee Longuski


Need some social media advice for your business? Think of us as your sensei, guru or mentor. Whatever you call it, we can help. Text us at (712) 274-3786

Kelsey Martin

Kelsey Martin, our Chief Operations Officer, is a Chatterkick OG with a passion for social advertising that most would describe as complete infatuation. She knows first hand that good content is only effective if it can get in front of the right people at the right time, and her experience in analytics, social media advertising, and impactful design ensures it all turns together like a well-oiled machine. Vroom.