How To Get Ahead In Your Career, According To People Who've Done It

When I was a college student, I was a pro at making plans. I picked my major, extracurricular activities, and career path all before I was even done with high school — I truly thought I had it all figured out. Upon graduating, I believed advancing in the professional world would follow suit; I couldn't have been more wrong. It turns out that climbing the corporate ladder or gaining recognition in a creative field is less of a linear path, and more of a long, winding road. Caught off-guard by this revelation, I found myself starting to feel a little lost.

It was only thanks to the aid and support of female mentors in my field that I began to finally feel en route. Learning the tricks of the trade from people who have already been there, done that, can be invaluable when it comes to figuring out your own path. That's why Bustle teamed up with Where Are The Boss Ladies to host its very first Bustle LEADS dinner, an event that brought women at the top of their industries together to discuss all of the things they've learned along the way. Here are 19 tips for getting ahead in your career, according to women who've done it.