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25 people reveal lessons learned from their employment experience that everyone should be aware of

The life experiences of others can prove quite valuable in our ventures as they give us an idea of what to expect, avoid and prioritize.

25 people reveal lessons learned from their employment experience that everyone should be aware of
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Life makes a lot more sense when you look at it as a continuous learning experience. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, there's something we can learn from every phase of our lives—both personal and professional. Likewise, the life experiences of others can also prove quite valuable in our ventures as they give us an idea of what to expect, avoid and prioritize. A viral Twitter thread proved valuable in this sense when Twitter user @angelamavalla posed this question to fellow Twitter users: "What is the biggest lesson that employment has taught you?"



 

According to Nicola Simpson, a London-based career coach, one of the main things most people aren't aware of when starting their professional careers is the need to strategically manage their careers. "In the early years, the attention is on the acquisition of skill, knowledge, expertise," she told Bored Panda. "Thereafter, people need to be thinking about their long-term career progression, focusing on the selection of roles they both want and NEED to do to advance, and then actively managing their timeline (not staying in any one role too long, equally not leaving too soon.)."



 

"Attention needs to be given to the underlying culture and relationship dynamics within organizations," Simpson added. "People need to ask themselves, what factors are driving these?" She explained that although making sense of this can be tricky, "getting to the root drivers helps to create awareness and options for how best to respond." Simpson highly recommends reading through others' experiences online to make better decisions in one's professional life. "The stories of others can inspire and also serve as a warning of the many career pitfalls out there," she said. "Be confident in your career and your ability to navigate the inevitable challenges that will arise on the way. Get the help of a career coach when needed and have a plan, don't drift."

Here are 25 valuable lessons about being employed that you could gain a lot from:

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