Young professionals are making a splash in the workplace. Though the stereotype about young people today is that they’re lazy, addicted to their phones, and disruptive, many young people have taken their tech-driven brains and turned them into business professional machines. The internet has allowed anyone who understands it to master techniques very fast, and young people understand it.
But if you’re looking to go into a workplace, you’re going to need some business essentials. You might never get to show off that big brain if you don’t have the right tools. This article will walk you through a few of the best items you can have in your inventory.
- The Clothes
Alright, so we’re cheating a little on the first item of our list — but can you blame us? Having the right outfit is extremely important for any young entrepreneur; if you want to be taken seriously as a business person, you have to dress sharp.
Make sure you have business attire for every occasion, whether that’s formal or casual. No matter what you wear, make sure it fits you well, makes sense with your personal style, and is in shi-shape.
- Business Cards
With the rise of social people, a lot of people think that business cards are going out of style — not so.
Young professionals will do well to carry business cards. It will help ingratiate them to their older colleagues, by proving they’re not completely social media-driven.
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- A Journal
Business is all about information, information, information. Carry a journal with you, so you can write down any instructions you’re told to carry out, take note of any high-quality advice a more experienced colleague gives you, and observations you’ve made about the job.
It’s important to take notes on a journal rather than your smartphone. This is not because journals are higher quality; it’s about saving face. If an older person sees a younger person looking down and typing on their phone while you’re talking, you might never even get the chance to tell them you’re only taking notes.
Warren Buffet says he spends most of his day reading. While many people will feed you lines about a “grindset”, and encourage you to always blast forward working harder, the real top-dogs know that hard work is not always where it’s at. You have to work hard and smart, and there’s no better way to get smart than reading books.
- A Water Bottle
This one’s simple. You don’t want to get dehydrated before that big meeting. Getting dehydrated will put you in the wrong mood, the wrong mindset, and keep you distracted when you need to be paying attention.
Become a Great Young Business Professional
You have a string of advantages if you’re a young business professional. You understand the culture, you understand the technology, and you have the energy to carry tough tasks out. Make sure you bring the right clothes, business cards, a journal, books, and a water bottle along with you, so you don’t get labeled as immature.
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