7 Mid-Level Career Struggles That Every Young Professional Goes Through

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Coming from someone who has teetered from the same job title to another, I know what it’s like to feel as if you’re going in endless circles when it comes to your professional advancement.

For some time, I’ve been yearning for that “breakthrough role” to lead me on the path to bigger and better things.

However, what would always end up happening is that I’d jump the gun and take a job that seemed the most realistic and most easily attainable to me based on my skills, knowledge, and experience within my industry.

I would always end up just taking positions that I knew I could get because I was already doing that exact same role. I would leave one company to go to another company, having the same functions and responsibilities as before.

The thing is, I never applied to those “reach jobs” that were outside of my comfort zone. Prior to even hitting the “Apply” button, I would immediately write myself off from certain jobs in fear that I would get rejected right away.

After having conversations with colleagues and other young professionals, I realized that for many people, they were on the exact same boat as me. Similar to me, they’d have my same mindset and only apply to jobs that were in line with what they were already doing.

You see, these are the things that are holding us back. These are those mid-level career struggles that are so difficult for many young professionals to get past. And this is why:

  1. Finding the right mentor. In any facet of life, there has to be someone who is in your corner; someone who is guiding you through those internal battles and frustrations. Whether it’s your boss, a former colleague, or teacher, you need someone to foster your success.

Originally Published by Lindsey Lazarte on January 11, 2018 via LinkedIn

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Part-time Writer & Full-time Digital Advertising Expert in Queens, New York. Avid runner & Plant Mom. I write about writing and life. lindseylazarte.com

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