A little over 2 years from the day I left my desk, I had the best office view imaginable – this one from 36,000 feet.
Take advantage of all your job has to offer, especially outside of the organization, to meet others in the field and network. External contact is invaluable for generating new ideas, ways of looking at things, and support that you may not find internally. It may also open up new paths in your career.
When I was in law school, I thought that I would be an international trade litigator (I even have litigation robes). However, as I met more people that I enjoyed working with and work that I enjoyed doing, I found myself practicing corporate finance law. What helped shape by career most thus far has been the people I have worked with – good people and good mentorship will take you to the right job.
During my years at UBC, I participated in the co-op program, and had the opportunity to try out many different professional jobs, such as accounting and business analysis. Although I could do those jobs well, and even received offers to stay on permanently, I never gave up searching for that “dream job.”