In a world where nearly every single person works for at least half of their life, there is a surprisingly small amount of advice and information passed on to the young professionals just getting started. While experience, success, failure, and life lessons will emerge on their own, young professionals do not have to learn it all by themselves. Follow these five pieces of advice to be more prepared for just starting out in business.

Interviewer Traits. Most people mistakenly think that interviews are merely for employers to determine who is best to hire, when in fact, interviews are also for candidates to assess the culture and professionalism of the workplace to decide whether it would be a proper fit. During your interview, pay attention to the details and actions of the interviewer. Chances are what you observe within the interview is typical behavior for the workplace.

Don’t Chase Money. In a capitalist country, it makes sense that most think that a job is all about the benjamins, but that is far from the case. Now we know that money makes the world go ‘round and that no one should work for free. However, when first starting out in your career field, decisions should be based on resume and experience building rather than the highest pay rate. By focusing on skill sets and experience, it will be far easier to expect quality pay for quality service just a few years down the road.  

Negative Thinkers. Take this advice and apply it to all aspects of life, including business. Avoid, or even run from, negative nellies. There is absolutely no positive impact from hanging around or feeding into complainers and negative thinkers. Instead, set a plan to build new relationships and learn new skills, and surround yourself with thinkers, doers, and positivity.

Jump In. With some companies, it isn’t much of a choice. But when it is, always jump right in. Procrastinating or holding yourself back can result in the fear of making the wrong decision. You might not feel ready, but nothing will make you more prepared than some hands-on experience.

Networking. College students are frequently reminded of the importance of networking. It isn’t uncommon for professors to say, “One day you may be interviewing under one of the people sitting next to you. Make a good impression now!” While this is very true, it shouldn’t be forgotten once graduation is over. In fact, chances are far more likely that someone you are currently working next to will someday be your boss. So keep vigilant and remember that networking is always important!