Say “yes” (even when it’s easier to say “no”) 

I was recently taken by an entry on the AU Interns blog by Kate, an AU graduate student and summer intern with the Danish Refugee Council in Liberia. In it, Kate advises readers to say “yes” to opportunities to try and learn new things. While this seems like a fairly simple concept, it can be difficult in reality when you’re faced with school, work and social activities. Still, this is an incredibly important lesson for new professionals and a great reminder for those who have been in the workplace for a while.

Meeting new people and developing new skills can provide personal enrichment and enhance your career possibilities. And living in DC provides you with countless opportunities to have these experiences. Attending a networking event, taking a language course, setting up an informational interview with a colleague at your internship, or even chatting with the person sitting next to you at a Nationals game could open doors you never dreamed of.

So, the next time you’re faced with an opportunity to see and learn something new, just say “yes!”

(Thanks to Kate for this great tip!)