What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Business Development Manager in Vancouver:
"If Only I Knew This In January 2013."
I wish I had more thoroughly vetted the company's operations and goals when it came to some of the strategic business changes they said they wanted to take on in bringing me on board. I interfaced with only one person during negotiations (the President), without any insight as to the culture within the rest of senior management and the intense "group think" I would be up against. I made the mistake of assuming that by wanting to bring me on (first and only MBA at this firm), they were aware of an MBA's skill-set and what someone like me could bring to the table. I did not have enough productive conversations about what expectations were for me coming into the firm before I accepted. Only after I joined did I slowly uncover the challenges I was up against, and what the actual expectations were of me and my role.
Business Development Manager in canada:
"What my true value would be to the company"
Negotiate a higher value of ones self before commiting to a start salary. Understand the company goals / expectations