Hundreds of my Stanford students graduated last month and are about to enter new jobs, along with hundreds of thousands who graduated from other universities. They will all be "rookies" yet again in their careers. Conventional wisdom tells us to get past the rookie stage in our career and grow into something more "elevated and respected."
Yet, I will buck conventional wisdom and suggest that there are some amazing advantages to being a rookie that new employees should milk while they can. Also, specific strategies exist which rookies can deploy within the first few days and weeks on the job and there are a few common mistakes they can avoid. Read complete Harvard Business Review blog post.