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This Director of Operations Shares the Best Career Advice He Ever Received

Kevin Swan
KDM Engineering

Odds are you’ve received a lot of advice, especially career advice, over the years. But, we’re willing to bet some of that advice was better than others.

At The Muse, we strive to give our readers the best actionable advice we can, so you can find the career of your dreams. Here, we asked Kevin Swan, Director of Operations at KDM Engineering, to share the best career advice he’s ever received.

Tell us about your career journey.

I started off in the financial services industry as a financial planner. For 16 years I worked with individuals and businesses to come up with solutions to meet the challenges they faced. I made the move to KDM in the summer of 2017 to assist with day to day operations.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

BE EARLY. Whether you are going to a business meeting or a doctor’s appointment, get there early. I've been in many situations where being early has allowed me to meet different people or gain knowledge I otherwise may not have had I just been there on time.

Who gave you this advice?

My father told me this from the time I was a teenager. It didn't resonate with me at first, but over the years, I realized that arriving early can open up doors and lead to conversations you might not have otherwise.

What's your best career advice for others?

Being early is a great quality to possess in both your personal and professional life. It’s also important to always have realistic expectations and goals. Spending time to research your industry can help you establish realistic goals for your career and allow you to positively contribute to the growth and success of an organization.

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