If you had an adolescence that even mildly resembled a ‘normal’ one, you probably found that half of it was filled with adults giving you unsolicited career advice. You probably also found that it was absolutely useless, because somebody else’s opinion about your life isn’t as valuable as your own.
But if you found yourself still following a conventional career path that has left you slightly underwhelmed, it’s not because you didn’t listen to anyone. The truth is that people often give useless advice. So, if you want another chance at beginning your dream career, here is some advice that will actually help.
Career Advice That Counts
- Job Requirements Aren’t Set in Stone
Companies don’t actually expect to find a candidate with 10 years’ worth of experience, unrivalled qualifications, and a good singing voice. They put out feelers to attract the best candidates. So, if you see a position you want, prove to the company that you can bring something unique to the table.
- Pick People, Not Companies
Don’t think that you want to work for a particular company. Instead, find the people that will best respond to your ideas and make an effort to work for them. This will best help your career path.
- Step Sideways, Not Backwards
Some people don’t look at certain opportunities because they mean a pay-cut. However, if it means a clearer path to your ultimate goal, you should certainly consider these opportunities. Don’t see them as a step backwards, but rather a step to the side – into a better career path.
- Predict Your Environment
Your skills alone are rarely enough to get you to the top of your field. You need to find a way to benefit the company in more ways than simply the requirements of your job. Networking is good for getting jobs, but it’s also great to use inside a company to help you climb the ladder.
- Find Your Inspiration
Many people choose jobs based on the average salary, or the amount of vacancies associated with the field. This is a major success inhibitor. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, you’re never going to excel at it.
When it comes down to it, enthusiasm in your field goes a long way. Your higher-ups will pick up on it, it will reflect in your work, it will make you a positive influence on others, and will ultimately help you in each step of your career path. The above factors all matter individually, but, if there’s one theme that permeates them all, it’s enthusiasm.