Worst Ca­reer Ad­vice, Ever

The three so-called ca­reer tips you should just ig­nore.


Whether you’re a fresh grad on the look­out for a job or al­ready in the work­ing world, you’re bound to have come across tonnes of ca­reer ad­vice. The trou­ble is, it’s hard to sift out the le­git­i­mate ones from those that are out­dated or just sim­ply mis­guided. With that in mind, here are three well-known ca­reer tips that ac­tu­ally do more harm than good.

Ca­reer Ad­vice # 1 : Stay For At Least A Year

We get it. You stay in a job you hate be­cause you’re afraid of be­ing la­belled a job hop­per. Sure, the reper­cus­sions of a bad rep might af­fect your chances of land­ing an­other job, so we un­der­stand the logic be­hind this ad­vice. But if your cur­rent job is mak­ing you ex­tremely de­pressed or highly stressed — leave. Firstly, no job is worth your health. Sec­ondly, neg­a­tive feel­ings will af­fect your work per­for­mance, mak­ing it likely that you’ll leave your job on bad terms. Word might get around about your bad work at­ti­tude, which may taint your job prospects.

Ca­reer Ad­vice # 2: Wait For The Right Time

Many of us as­sume that the ap­praisal pe­riod is the only suit­able time to bring up work is­sues with our bosses. This doesn’t make any sense. Think about it: Why wait weeks or months to solve an is­sue when you can do it sooner? More im­por­tantly, as an em­ployee, you should make the ef­fort to cul­ti­vate a healthy and open re­la­tion­ship with your em­ployer.

Ca­reer Ad­vice # 3: Know Your Worth

An­other com­mon piece of ca­reer ad­vice dished out to fresh grad­u­ates these days is that they should not take up a job that doesn’t pay well or in­volves do­ing me­nial tasks. This is a dan­ger­ous men­tal­ity, as you run the risk of pass­ing up chances to show­case your strengths. Seem­ingly low-level tasks are of­ten great op­por­tu­ni­ties for you to demon­strate your or­gan­i­sa­tional skills and emo­tional quo­tient (EQ). If you do these tasks well, you build your em­ployer’s con­fi­dence in you, which may lead her to en­trust you with big­ger projects. But if you aren’t given the op­por­tu­nity to tackle big­ger projects af­ter work­ing in the com­pany for some time, you may want to con­sider if you’re do­ing some­thing wrong or if it’s time to move on.

I st I to!

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