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Most Important Career Advice No One Tells You

Published: May 24, 2021
 

People will tell you how to craft a stellar cover letter and what to highlight on your resume. They’ll advise you how to negotiate your salary or to work in an industry that’s lucrative. That’s all good advice, but there’s more to a career than cover letters and salaries. Once you begin your career, you may discover there are things that no one told you about, but you wish that they had. Here are some important pieces of career advice that no one’s told you about... until now.

There’s No Straight Path in a Career

If you ask 10 people how they started their careers, they’ll tell you 10 different stories. That’s because there’s no straight path to success. Everyone takes a different route—and that’s OK! Some people know what they want to do from grammar school while others discover it much later on. Some people land leadership positions right away and others have to climb the ladder over years and years. The important thing to remember is not to compare your journey to someone else’s. Careers can take twists and turns. And those twists and turns can give you a lot of knowledge and experience along the way.

Think Ahead about Career Prospects

Before you throw job applications at every position listed on a job board, think about what you want to do five years from now. Will the jobs you apply for give you the skills or experience that will benefit your long-term career? Do the companies seem like the type of businesses you’d want to work for? Can you grow in these positions or are they just temporary? It’s important to think strategically about your career moves before you start your job search, and make the best decisions to benefit you in the long run.

You’ll Need More Than Technical Skills to Advance In Your Career

To start a career in a particular field, you’ll probably need some sort of training or degree. But to succeed in that field, you’ll need more than technical skills and industry knowledge. You’ll need to sharpen your soft skills. Those are the characteristics that determine who you will be as an employee. Here are a few soft skills that you’ll need in any field:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility and adaptability

You’ll also need to learn how to navigate office politics, how to get along with others at work, and when to step up when your team needs help. You want to become an indispensable employee that everyone likes to work with. Anyone can learn how to work in the field, but not everyone has what it takes to be a valuable member of a team.

Believe in Yourself and Your Career Choices

Throughout your career, you’ll be told no. You won’t get every job you apply for. You won’t get a raise or a promotion every time you want one. But despite the challenges and disappointments you may face in your career, you need to believe in yourself and your ability to succeed. Your boss and co-workers may not demonstrate their appreciation often enough, but you should still have confidence in yourself and know that you’d be a valuable member of any team.

 

Now that you have more insight into a successful career, are you ready to start a new chapter of your professional life? At Charter College, we offer a variety of training programs in Business, Health Care, Information Technology, and some Trades. Call 888-200-9942 or fill out the form to learn more.