Unless you crack the jackpot, your first job probably won't be your last. Instead, your first role will likely be the stepping stone to further opportunities down the line. Not sure how to make that happen? Here are our top tips to ensuring you make the most of your entry-level experience.

Perfect your foundational skills

These early stages are a great opportunity to really hone in and perfect your skill set. Doing the same thing over and over again? Given a mundane task to complete? This is the time to focus on your core skills; attention to detail, time management, customer service and so on. Having these skills locked down will make it easier to learn more advanced skills later on. You can view all our core skills courses here.

Learn about yourself

Which parts of your job do you love? Which parts do you put off? Getting work experience is a valuable way to learn your work preferences and where you thrive. Arranging a time to ask your manager for feedback on your work and progress is another way to understand your strong suits and areas you could work on. Read the four quick questions to figure out what you should do with your life here.

Network within your industry

Connecting with successful people is a fast track to meeting your goals. Whether it's someone you currently work with or someone you meet at an event, reaching out to others is an easy way to build up valuable contacts and get some guidance. You never know where it might lead! Read how to build valuable connections here.

Ask for opportunities

Make it clear to your employer that you're looking for ways to improve your skills and gain experience. They'll never know unless you ask and your colleagues will likely be grateful to have an extra set of hands to help out.

Give it your all

At the end of the day, the one thing that will make you stand out the most is your attitude. Even if this isn't the role you were hoping for, having a positive attitude and showing a strong work ethic will prove that you have the resilience to handle bigger tasks.

Know how to word it

When it does come time to move on to another role, how you explain your previous experience will be crucial to standing out. Knowing how to show where you added value to the company, how you contributed to the team and how you've grown during your time working are all key examples of how to make your entry level work sound impressive. Read how to write a CV that employers will want to read here.

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