4 Things YoPros Should be Doing in the Workplace
By Jordan Shellhaas
For those of you not familiar with the term YoPro, it’s a fancy acronym used to replace young professional since it has far too many syllables. As a newly inducted “real-adult” in the business world, I have realized how important it is to make myself indispensable to my company.
With little to no training in the “how to become an adult” department, it can be intimidating to make a smooth transition from college student to YoPro. For all you graduates who received your diploma in December or plan to in May, use these tips to make the process as seamless as possible.
- Remain eager to learn
Especially as a YoPro, you should always have a hunger for learning. Always ask for opportunities outside of your comfort zone or volunteer to do new things. With your adventurous attitude, you prove to those around you that “eager” is who you are. And along the way, you might discover new fields and topics of interest.
- Produce work that is above and beyond what is expected of you
Early on at RunSwitch, I realized the importance of learning from past mistakes. A true professional goes the extra mile to correct.
“There are no shortcuts to lasting success, only smartcuts. Many people will do what’s easiest and avoid hard work — and that’s precisely why you should do the opposite. Lasting success can only be achieved if you put in the work. Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better,” wrote Thomas Oppong in a recent Medium article entitled, “Hard Work is The Single Greatest Competitive Advantage.”
- Always stay one step ahead
For the Houston Chronicle, Brian Hill writes, “Strategic thinking is a mindset of preparing for these changes and having plans in place to deal with them.”
He stresses the importance of strategic thinking due to the fact that every business is affected by change. Wow your employer by always taking ideas to another level and provide strategic thinking on a project. It is important to constantly be thinking outside the box or one step ahead to prove that you are versatile in the workplace.
- Be willing to help with anything and everything
Nothing says I want to be here quite as much as being the person who volunteers to do the “little things.” Being at the bottom of the totem pole means that you often get “stuck” with the menial jobs. But take those roles just as seriously as you do a strategy session, and your boss will quickly trust you with more responsibility.
People, especially those from other generations, love to pick on YoPros. They say we are easily offended, entitled and lazy; but our first “real-adult” experiences are a chance to prove to them that we are determined, eager, creative, tech savvy and open-minded. These qualities will set us apart in the workplace and help us move our career forward.
What do you say YoPros? Let’s show them what we’re made of!