Are you ready to humble? Knowing what you don’t know is the best way to get ahead
OPINION — Every fall, requests for coffee from friends and friends-of-friends seeking career advice inevitably increase, particularly during election years as people assess potential opportunities at a current or new job. These conversations often remind me of my first Hill job, not due to any shining or standout moments, but because the lessons learned during those initial eight months remain relevant to the career advice I give today.
I began my job search with a fresh law degree at the age of 24 saddled with $100,000 in debt, all in the hopes of fulfilling a long-standing dream of working on Capitol Hill. My grand vision quickly crashed into reality, and I considered myself fortunate to land an entry-level Hill job answering phones, sorting mail, and drafting constituent letters for what was essentially an extended interview for an upcoming legislative opening.