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Good day everyone, I'm Dr. Kyra Leigh Sutton.
I'm a faculty member at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in the United States.
Welcome to: 'The Biggest Mistakes in Early Roles (and How to Move On)'.
I began studying the transition of young adults into the workplace more than 12 years ago.
Something significant to me is for young adults to remember: you have agency over your career.
It means that your career choices matter, and
you should select opportunities that give you the best chance to learn and grow.
It also means that it's a responsibility of those like myself, who
have transitioned from school to work, to help the next generation.
Overall, if we send young adults into the real world without specific
evidence-based guidance, we fail you each time.
This series is intended to fill that void, and lessen the uncertainty that
young adults experience as they transition to their first permanent roles.
Many young adults have benefited from courses or guidance focused on how to get the job.
In contrast, less emphasis is given to what happens during the first few years after you start working.
This part of the series is focused on helping you perform on the job.
Literally, I can't think of any job I've had where I didn't make mistakes.
Each time I made one, the 'impostor syndrome' I discussed in
another session crept in, and made me feel incompetent.
When you first start working, you'll probably make more mistakes than
you'd like to, but trust me, it will be okay.
Even better, I will teach you how to learn from your mistakes.
I like the following quote from Jennifer Kim, a well-known actress.
She said, "Mistakes are proof you are trying."
I'll repeat it: mistakes are proof you are trying.
If you can think of all mistakes you make in this way,
I firmly believe it will ease your mind when it happens.