10 Career Principles You May Not be Thinking About

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.

  1. ‘Don’t let others define you. Set your own standards. Don’t measure yourself against others.’
  2. ‘Know yourself and be yourself.’
  3. ‘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…’
  4. ‘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.’
  5. ‘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.’
  6. ‘Look for jobs that can provide quantifiable measures of your accomplishments, and look for companies that fit your style.’
  7. ‘Learn how to manage or change your environment, rather than being a victim of your environment.’
  8. ‘Get help. Join associations. Meet others in the company. Stay in touch. Don’t go through your career alone.’
  9. ‘Pick a few role models–not just one. Select the characteristics you like from each one…”
  10. ‘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?

4 thoughts on “10 Career Principles You May Not be Thinking About

  1. My dad always told me to have a plan before you start to do anything and to pick friends smarter then you and learn from them. These wise words of wisdom came from a guy that only went to school through the eighth grade but his advice resembles numbers 4 and 9 on the list. A third pearl of wisdom he gave me was to always make a good first impression.
    As always, great article and advice. Thanks!

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