Pursuit: put out exceptional work, advice from a senior dietitian

Divya Pahwa writes about young-lady career advice in the weekly series Pursuit, here on the McGill Caps Blog.

Next week I’ll be talking about Confidence and B***S***.

Today is the last part of my 3-part series highlighting the advice professionals give to young people entering the workforce.

Last time we heard from a category manager who encouraged young people to keep quiet unless they really have something meaningful to say (see: Pursuit: listen well and be meaningful, advice from a category manager). The week before we heard from a project manager on the inappropriateness of flirting in the workplace (see: Pursuit: stop being a flirt, advice from a project manager).

Today I bring to you advice from an incredible woman. She’s worked in the dietetics industry for over 10 years. Numerous nutrition co-op students and interns have worked under her.

Enter Tina S.

This is what she had to say:

 - Don’t come in the work place feeling entitled; with a list of expectations.

– Show interest in your work, you lack experience, you will have to do the mundane. Any job has its exciting and boring parts.

– You have to prove yourself  – especially in the beginning. Put out exceptional work.

– As you continue to put out exceptional work, you are proving yourself. The exciting work will come (you need to exercise patience)

– Don’t think certain jobs, environments, and organizations are beneath you. She says, “you don’t know what you don’t know” take a risk.

– She also gives some advice to employers – show your interns the big picture, tell them the lesson – what all their mundane work means in the grand scheme of things. I really like this, and think it goes for employers and people alike. Figure out the big picture of your life – what’s the grand scheme?

“Ask for what you want.”

– I personally loved what Tina had to say about seeking out opportunities: “Ask for what you want – what’s the worst that could happen?” Don’t wait around for things to come your way. Make them happen.   (see: Pursuit: What I wish I knew when I was ____)

Big thanks to Tina, Aaron, and Mary for their opinions, stories, and advice.

Send in your questions/suggestion to Divya at divya.pahwa@mail.mcgill. See her past posts here.

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