Question for systems community: How to apply systems thinking?

Hi all systems people!

I am a recent graduate from Aalto University, Finland, where I studied in the interdisciplinary Creative Sustainability master’s degree program. Systems thinking was one of the bedrocks of the program, and we were fortunate to have David Ing teach us about systems sciences in one of our courses. David has been giving me advice after the course, and after a recent conversation about how to apply systems thinking, he requested that I post my question to SysCoI. So here goes.

My question is: How would you advice a recent graduate entering the workforce to apply systems thinking? Where would you start and what practices would you implement? I would also love to hear any stories of how you have applied systems thinking and practices to real life problem settings.

Thank you already in advance!