Dear Experts, Do you have any advice for someone who is scared to break out of their shell? I landed an entry level job about two months ago at a small company. I'm easily one of the youngest, if not the youngest, employees working in the office. I have a lot of great ideas but I'm afraid of rejection. I know I can shine in this job and offer more than what my responsibilities are. I just don't want to make a fool of myself in the process. Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:Q#452 Meet w/manager you are closest to. Ask for their advice on the best way to start contributing ideas. (@jtodonnell) Q#452 Read: Self Confidence at Work Need a Boost? at http://www.avitacareermanagement.com/blog/?p=163 (@CareerCoachPro) Q#452 Also, join @Toastmasters and keep a weekly journal of wins. This will (over time) greatly improve your confidence. (@EmilyBennington) Q#452 Give current tasks 110% (no matter how small). This sets the stage of trust so your ideas will carry more weight. (@EmilyBennington) Q#452 Employers want people who will take risks. Being wrong is part of the process. Just be confident and you will be fine. (@gradversity) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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I have had moments in my schooling that shine brightly—playing a card game in Mr. Ritter's 8th grade social studies class with the true purpose being to show just how difficult it was to survive the Holocaust as well as having an opportunity to create our own country using the same economic, social, and political characteristics that define authentic nation states. I also remember Ms. Ziemba's 9th grade English class where she would routinely pause our reading of fiction to allow us to predict what would happen next as well as my foreign language classes with Mrs. Kane—"Madame"—and Mr. Tellis where we would act out every day conversational scenarios using tone, props, and facial expressions.

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