You may think that career advice is not for you. Perhaps because you are happy with where you are now?
Well, this is no surprise. Most people have “okay” jobs. Which means, we go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, and do it all over again the next day. And there’s nothing wrong with this. It’s an “okay” life.
But there are those who perform at a totally different level. They’re the people who land executive level positions by their early 30s while everyone else is still trying to “work their way up.” They’re the people who impact thousands of people through their work, while everyone else keeps themselves busy with pointless tasks at work. They’re the people who put 20% of their effort to produce 80% results while everyone is spending 80% of their effort to yield 20% results.
Here’s 5 career advice to highlight what other understand, that most people don’t.
1. You CAN fake it till you make it
A controversial point, but it does make all the difference. For one, it is often not necessary to be an expert on a subject or field to land a great job and succeed in it. In many cases, if you have the ability to research, the passion to learn and the skills to adapt you can land a position that you can eventually grow into.
Of course, make sure you’re NOT jumping to a foreign profession that has no correlation with your past experience. If you find a job opportunity that you believe you can excel in, then go for it.
2. Interview bosses when they interview you
For those who have been in the working force for 5 years know that a good boss can make a “just okay” job awesome, while a bad boss can turn a plum position into a stress-filled burden. Look at the leadership structure in a company before you commit to working for it. Not only will you be happier, you may be healthier too.
3. Pay isn’t everything
Think about more than just what you take home in the form of a paycheck when choosing a job. A great experience or job that helps you build for a better future may be worth taking a paycut.
Stanley Druckenmiller, a hedge fun manager, once gave this career advice: “If you’re early on in your career and they give you a choice between a great mentor or higher pay, take the mentor every time. It’s not even close. and don’t even thing about leaving that mentor until your learning curve peaks.”
Don’t be afraid to take one step back today to take two steps forward tomorrow.
4. Never stop learning
What got you to level one won’t get your to level two. In the beginning of your career, your technical skills matter the most. But as time goes on, how you interact with people starts to matter a lot more. You need to figure out what your company needs, and give it to them – even if they don’t tell you what it is.
Whether this means advancing your education formally, attending corporate events or just reading up on your industry, do something every day to grow in your knowledge.As Socrates said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
5. Keep one eye open
Even if you are 100% satisfied with your job, don’t be afraid to keep an eye open for other opportunities. Social media like Facebook and Linkedin are a great way to keep abreast of what else is out there. To simply put it, never stop looking for your next job, no matter how much you love your current job. Despite how (un)qualified you think you are, by applying for that job you would love to get, you might just end up with your dream job.
The above is a list of career advice you should keep in mind. No one gets extraordinary opportunities by taking the same approach everyone else takes. The most important thing to remember, when it comes to your career, is that nothing is permanent. If you’re not in a position you like, now may be the time to research education in a different area.