This titled term, while it seemed obvious to me at first, is defined in chron.com as:
Your early career is when you learn basic work skills that apply to a specific job and to the overall experience you gain working with others, collecting a paycheck and navigating office politics. Once you’ve mastered basic job skills, you might be given more authority or supervisory responsibilities over others
But then I thought further about it. I must add my 2 cents….
Not just for the newly hired, this term is applicable to anyone in their career at any time, in any industry, in any place, as we all morph from one area we are comfortable to another in which we have a learning curve. Medical, legal, marketing, accounting, architecture, nonprofit, encore career professionals do it. They had better! You had better advance too.
- Technology marches on and takes no prisoners, unless you allow yourself to become oxidized and archaic. So, you advance through your many, including early, career segments: learning to adapt to, and adopt, new platforms, apps, software, hardware, people skills, business conditions, etc. And refreshing a few older ones is a good idea too, when applicable.
- You may change jobs into a more challenging role, to exercise new skills and experiecned learned on the job. Yes, those “experience cards” are in your back pocket, the ones I spoke about in a Linkedin article recently. They just get rearranged every day.
- You may leave one industry and take a similar role in another. The tire industry is different than the confections/soft drink industry and is different that the marketing research industry. Believe me. I morphed from one to the other in my corporate career, always learning something completely new to handle my newly handed responsibilities.
- You may leave an old career behind and embark on a new adventure, a journey to test your mettle every day.
- You may become an entrepreneur. And you will be challeneged, believe me!
You are always in early career. Period.
If you want to read more on this topic, read/listen to a powerful book “The Start Up of You,” mentioned here frequently. Yes, indeed, this book contends, you are always in early career, or beta. You are never a completed project.
Tell us the journey and steps along the way on your LinkedIn profile.