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As our academic internships here at silver creative wind down, we thought it might be a good idea to share some professional insight for new members of the workforce. With close to 40% of recent graduates remaining unemployed, it’s clear that our young workers could use some advice, direction, and motivation.

As a new employee or intern, don’t be afraid to say, “yes”. Take on tasks beyond your area of study, expertise, or even comfort zone. Although failure is never a desirable end result, it can most definitely be an acceptable point in the process. Many employers do not expect instant perfection and proficiency. Young workers should use this leniency to attempt new tasks and make the mistakes necessary to grow their skill sets. Consider this affordable fault a blessing.

Do not be afraid to say, “I don’t know”, as long as you follow it up with “but I’d like to learn how.” Beyond the opportunity to learn a new process or skill, any willingness to be taught conveys enthusiasm to your managers. Teaching sessions increase the level and ease of communication, benefiting everyone. Also, your managers will learn your abilities and designate tasks accordingly.

The last thing that every new employee should learn to say is, “what’s next?” This is how a deeper understanding of the process is developed. Ask about the full scope of the project that you are contributing to. You may find areas to increase efficiency and build strong communication between entities of your business that will pay off in the long run.

If you can say these three phrases with confidence, your individual potential, capacity to retain information, and career will benefit.