What should you be considering when targeting junior-level roles?
Even if you are going after junior level roles it is important to be proactive about what you want and what you expect. What I mean by that is:
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 5 YEARS?
People create a mission statement for a reason. As in the case of project management, sometimes it will take a series of iterations to get you where you want to be. If a job or an opportunity does not get you all the way to your end goal, does it move you in that direction? Recognizing when there is progress is key toward getting to your destination.
WHAT DO YOU NEED WITH THIS NEXT STEP?
Key to knowing where you are going is also knowing what you need support to look like. If you need to be a part of a team, what does that look like? Does that mean collaborating with others to generate ideas and then autonomy upon execution? Or does that mean there are a few of you in it to win it?
However you envision this being, you can do the research to identify the companies that provide this OR you have it in your power to meet new people and build your own network, community, and mentoring relationships.
ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED.
Silence isn’t always golden because not everyone is clairvoyant. If something is NOT working for you – or if something IS – articulate it.
In the interview process, you are evaluating a company, situation, or the team as much as they are evaluating you, so it can be important to identify what matters to you sooner rather than later.
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