If you’re anything like most 20-somethings, you’ve probably spent a good portion of your 20s figuring out what it is you want to do with your life. Or maybe you’re one of the head-screwed-on types who knew at the age of six that you wanted to be a ballet teacher and you’ve been doing it since you left school.

Either way – head screwed on or not – there are a few things we reckon are important for you to do for your career before you cross the threshold into your thirties.

1. Perfect your elevator pitch

You meet people all the time – at work; out with friends; at your hippy art class on Tuesday nights – but you’re not always in your ‘hire me’ frame of mind when you’re there. Being able to tell people what it is you do and what you’re good at is a key networking skill and it can make a big difference to your memorability.

2. Know your strengths and weaknesses

Different career paths require different abilities and consequently, different strengths and weaknesses. Understanding your own strengths and weaknesses can not only help you align yourself with the right career path, but it’ll also help you to reach your potential. To do this, you need to do a lot of self-reflection and you’ll need to…

3. Get comfortable with feedback

Life is big on relationships – your career is no exception. And in any relationship, communication is always key. Getting comfortable with giving and receiving feedback will help you in your career by keeping you humble and helping you grow as an individual and a leader.

4. Clean up your online profile

If you’ve been around this 20s business for a while, you’ve probably had your fair share of hangovers. Everybody knows it. But nobody wants to see it or know the details of the night before – especially not your future boss. What he or she will want to see is a comprehensive and up-to-date envisionme.co.za resume. #winning

5. Start investing in your retirement

You may think you’re still young, but you’re not really. With medical technology these days, your lifespan is increasing dramatically. And with only 40 years to save for what could be another 40 years of retirement, you can never start investing too soon. If you haven’t started making plans yet, you should. Now.