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At Fargo INC!, we believe everyone has advice to give. That’s why we sat down with the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Network’s one to watch to pick her brain on some of her best advice for other aspiring young professionals.
Personal Banking Officer
SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE
I keep my social media outlets to a minimum. Instagram is my way to connect with close friends and family, while LinkedIn is for my professional networking. LinkedIn is a tool I use to further a new professional connection, and learn more about the individuals background. Although I see social media as a wonderful way to connect, I prefer to make connections in person.
STARTING YOUR CAREER, AND EXPECTATIONS.
When I first started working full time with Bell Bank, I was fearful of making a mistake but ready to learn. As a young adult, I believe the best thing you can do while starting a career is to be a sponge. Meaning, learn from your colleagues that have been in the industry for years. Ask questions. Having confidence in your ability to do your job and do it with a high level of excellence is imperative.
GROUPS / ORGANIZATIONS
- Young Professional Networks monthly events – Thursday, October 18 at the West Fargo VFW
- Business After Hours – Thursday, October 11 at Holiday Inn Fargo Volunteer year-round through opportunities with Bell Bank
- Serve at my local church
The Young Professionals Network provides monthly events for members to connect at different degrees. From New Member Socials, Off the Clocks and business tours, YPN has something for everyone. If a young adult is looking to dip their toes, they could start with a New Member Social. On the flip side, if a member is looking to become more involved, they can join a committee such as Corporate Cup, social planning, professional development and membership engagement.
ADVICE ON NETWORKING
Step into networking with a mindset of building relationships. People can smell a sales pitch from miles away, so go in with the intent to introduce yourself and listen to others. There will be opportunities to exchange business later.
FIND A COACH
Find a mentor within your industry or workplace that is willing to push you. The most valuable moments in my career have been when mentors have given me constructive criticism. Also, your first job most likely wont be your dream job. Be prepared to bring a positive attitude and readiness to learn while growing your career.