Along your career path, you get a lot of advice.
Whether from colleagues, mentors, bosses, friends, or family, we all get good and bad career advice, whether we want it or not.
I find myself constantly receiving and giving career advice. Not only because I blog about career development, but also because many people have a career, which is something we all use to relate to each other, giving advice when we think we can help someone with an issue at work.
As I was thinking about career advice, I fatefully stumbled across a list of 10 basic career principles while I was reading a book called, Targeting a Great Career, by Kate Wendleton. It was a great list of reminders, principles I hadn’t thought about in a while, or at all. So I decided to share them here so you too can benefit from these valuable principles when navigating your own career path.
- ‘Don’t let others define you. Set your own standards. Don’t measure yourself against others.’
- ‘Know yourself and be yourself.’
- ‘Develop a philosophy of your life as you want it. Be selective about how you spend your time. Make your own choices. Decide what you want to commit to…’
- ‘Make a plan. If you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you won’t get very far. Make a resume of yourself in five years from now…Identify what you will need to get there. But keep your options open..keep on developing yourself with an eye on your own future.’
- ‘Be willing to take a risk. Make sure your next position relies on your strengths and your basic skills, and also contains a little risk–some new growth area…You need the new growth areas so you will progress and advance.’
- ‘Look for jobs that can provide quantifiable measures of your accomplishments, and look for companies that fit your style.’
- ‘Learn how to manage or change your environment, rather than being a victim of your environment.’
- ‘Get help. Join associations. Meet others in the company. Stay in touch. Don’t go through your career alone.’
- ‘Pick a few role models–not just one. Select the characteristics you like from each one…”
- ‘Don’t let your guard down just because you have a new job or assignment. Always have a backup plan in mind…Keep yourself marketable, and treat your employer as if you were a consultant. This position is not permanent.’
What other career principles do you think others don’t think about?