Here are 3 “gifts” one 40-something woman would give a 20-something if she were a “Forty-Godmother”.

By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20 Vision)

Herewith, three “gifts” one 40-something would give a 20-something as their “Forty-Godmother”. What are yours?

#1 – Make yourself a priority.

You can spend so much time doing good job and being liked by your bosses that you don’t make yourself a priority.

Investing in yourself through networking, developing presence, managing up is as important as a deadline or checking emails. Your career is yours to manage. It’s not a non-profit. If there is something in your career you are not happy about you are the only one who can change that.

#2 – Always be looking for your next job.

Keep a dialogue going with headhunters and friends to keep abreast of what is going on in the marketplace. Do this on an on-going basis …not just when you are unhappy. Take 30 minutes a day or two hours a week out from emailing and go have coffee with someone internally or externally to talk about what is next.

#3 – Nothing is really holding you back but you.

There is nothing holding you back… travel, move, try new things. You can sublet an apartment, stay in touch with friends and family, maintain relationships, decide you don’t like it… whatever it is.

This post was originally posted at 40:20 Vision.

Women 2.0 readers: What is your advice to a 20-spomething or someone just starting out on her career? Let us know in the comments.

About the guest blogger: Christina Vuleta is founder of 40:20 Vision, a blog that provides advice from 40-something women to 20-something women. She is a researcher, trend analyst and curator of 40-something wisdom. Most recently a director at strategic marketing and trend consultancy The Futures Company, Christina has made a career out of understanding insights that drive women’s aspirations and life decisions. Follow her on Twitter at @4020vision.