Raymond McGuire, head of Global Banking at Citi, recently offered sage career advice to students at Cornell’s Johnson School of Business. Several juicy takeaways:
- “Make sure the standards you have for yourself are higher than anyone else’s standards for you.”
- “You must invest in technical skills—they must be unassailable. If you don’t, and you get assignments wrong early in your career, you’ll pay a great penalty. In fact, you may never get out of the penalty box.”
- “Make sure your skill set can withstand the harshest critic.”
- “Don’t think because you have a certain fluidity in your field that you are always prepared. Your weaknesses will be exposed. You have to have the strength in your constitution to withstand that.”
- “In order to develop mentors, you have to perform, number one. Two: you need people who recognize that. You have to go to them with your successes. Their commitment will come when you show how committed you are through your performance.”
- “Make the most of opportunities to form solid relationships with your peers”
Expand and fine-tune your strengths, eliminate weaknesses and network.