Career advice is everywhere, but great career advice that truly changes your life can be hard to come by. If you’re sick of platitudes that have done nothing to help you take your career where you’d like it to go, this post is for you. We’ve compiled the nine best pieces of career advice you need to pay attention to if you’re ready to create a career you truly love.
Career advice for success
You don’t have to meet all the requirements before applying for a job
Many recruiters treat job requirement sections as a wish list; they don’t really expect you to meet 100% of the requirements. That’s why you’ll often see entry-level jobs that ask for five years of experience in the advertised role (ridiculous, we know!).
When changing careers, look for opportunities in your current company
It can be tempting to make a clean break and start your new career somewhere new, but don’t be so hasty. It is usually easier to break into a new career field (without having to go back to the bottom) if you take your first step in a company that already considers you an asset. Check out this article for tips on how to change careers without changing companies.
Pause before making a big career decision
The world of work can be very emotionally charged. And whether it’s a nasty boss, mean girl colleagues, being overlooked for a promotion or anything else, we all know what it’s like to want to take back control when things feel intolerable. However, it’s best to always pause before making a career decision. The reason for this is simple: decisions made in the heat of the moment tend to focus on relieving short-term discomfort. When you focus on what will make you feel better in the short term, you can easily ignore the long-term consequences.
Don’t start a business you don’t care about
It can be tempting to start any business as a way to escape your dull 9-5 job. However, it’s best to only leave your job to start a business if you have a business idea you’re truly passionate about. Why? Because starting and running a business is hard work. Making it profitable is even harder.
Yes, the dream may be to make millions, answer to no-one, travel the world and make money in your sleep, but to get there, you will need to put in blood, sweat and tears. You’re more likely to keep going when the going gets tough (and it will) if you are running a business you care about.
Don’t stay late at the office if you don’t need to be there
You may believe that staying late at the office is the best way to show your boss how hardworking you are; however you may be tripping yourself up by doing this. Any insightful boss knows that an employee who constantly has to work late to get their work done is simply not very efficient in their role. So, if you are great at your job and just staying late at the office to look hardworking, stop. You may be making yourself look less capable than you really are.
You are allowed to change your mind
Yes, gone are the days when you were expected to pick a job fresh out of university and stick to it for life. Remove the pressure to make the perfect career choice right now by giving yourself permission to change your career when you have outgrown it. Take a look at our roster of career change success stories for proof that you can change careers later in life and still succeed.
Create your own opportunities
Do not limit yourself by holding onto the incorrect belief that you can only progress in your career by waiting for someone else to see your potential and reward you. Do you want to do a certain role, but no one wants to hire you? Do it yourself! You can start your own website, blog, podcast, ecommerce store, consulting service etc. Experience is experience, whether you get it doing your own thing or working for someone else.
Milk everything you can out of a job you hate
Even the worst job has something to offer that could benefit you in the future. Don’t waste the chance to help yourself and improve your future career by being completely disengaged with your current job. Whether it’s the financial benefits, pension, training opportunities, access to exclusive networking events or influential contacts, it doesn’t matter, take stock of what’s on offer in your workplace and make the most of it while you can.
Make you your top priority
It’s easy to give everything to a job, but never lose sight of the fact that your job is just a job. It’s the means by which you add flavour to your life (and by flavour we mean money to fund the things you want to do, a sense of purpose, a way to give back to the world etc.) rather than being the sole reason you get up in the mornings. No one regrets not working hard enough or missing out on a promotion when they are at the end of their life. Never forget that.
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