Sharon Napier, CEO of Partners + Napier, has been in advertising for decades. She helped coordinate the buyout of her marketing agency, and leads its work with clients like Delta, Capital One, Keurig Green Mountain and Wegmans.
While she recognizes that the job market has changed, Napier advises young people to only take jobs that are truly exciting to them, and then commit.
"Don't go for a pit stop, because you've got to go and learn," Napier says. "You've got to be committed."
Jobs in your 20's are for figuring out what you love to do, for gaining great experience, and for building your reputation, she says.
"Like I tell my kids now, do not go anywhere unless you think you're going to stay for three years and be all in."
"If you stay in something, then you gotta be all in," she says.