6 highly successful execs share their best career advice for 20-somethings
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May 20, 2017
Career AdviceDevelopment and Transition
This article quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Constantine Alexandrakis on his advice to the class of 2017.
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The CNBC article, “6 highly successful execs share their best career advice for 20-somethings,” quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Constantine Alexandrakis on his advice to the class of 2017. The article is excerpted below.   

In honor of graduation season, CNBC Make It spoke exclusively to some of the nation's top business leaders and personal finance gurus, career coaches, bestselling authors, CEOs, self-made millionaires and billionaires and Wharton's No. 1 professor. For the next few weeks, we'll be rolling out the speeches or bits of advice that they are most excited to share with the Class of 2017, using the hashtag #MakeItNewGrads. 

The Class of 2017 continues to don their caps and gowns as they graduate from school this month. In the coming weeks, many will launch their careers as they enter the workforce for the first time. 

To help them start strong, CNBC asked successful executives from a range of industries, including finance, retail and consulting, for their advice. 

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Embrace the unpleasant 

Constantine Alexandrakis, leads U.S. Region for global executive search and leadership advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates 

"In your first job, be prepared to embrace and learn from things that may seem sub-optimal on the surface, and even from some of your mistakes. Like most new grads, when I started my first job, I had a rosy and optimistic view of it and what I would bring to it. But, at times reality didn't match my rosy view, and it felt like a setback instead of an opportunity. 

In the moment, it's hard to appreciate that those momentary setbacks and mistakes that you make are actually learning opportunities that will not only make you better at your job, but a better leader down the road. As painful as it may be, embrace the unpleasant to become stronger and leap ahead." 

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