What did your first job teach you? Hers at eBay taught her to pursue growth. Meet Internet entrepreneur Alexis Mayback, with eBay and AOL under her belt. She now spends her days following them for Project September, her next start-up.
In a one-on-one interview she had with Nina Zipkin for Entrepreneur on March 30, Alexis Mayback gave the little kernel. An apt advice, especially for college-goers at the very beginning of their careers.
Career Lesson: Pursue Growth
“I joined eBay a year after I graduated from college. I learned something that I still tell young people today, which is to go to where the growth is”, said Mayback. Talking about how the opportunities she had gained at this job shaped her career and life, she was able to set up eBay Motors and eBay Canada during her time there.
Important Life Lessons For Freshers
What’s the best advice she has ever taken, she was asked, in a list of 20 quick questions – and the worst? Her answers can give heart to any student. For the first she said, ‘You’re going to be measured by what you do in totality, not in that one moment.’
And the worst? Adhering to what people think – especially in terms of what you should wear, how you should act so that you can fit in. A person sense of style and realising that you are your own brand, is the way.
Similarly, what did she learn from her worst boss – the importance of consistency! “There is no worse feeling dealing with a boss who constantly changes his or her mind, varying moods and reactions or changing strategic direction.”
Thanks for Entrepreneur for sharing these insights with us.