Bad teacher

Glamour (South Africa) - - Work -

It’s a fact of life that as soon as you men­tion that you’re about to do any­thing, every­one, from your den­tist to your park­ing at­ten­dant, has ad­vice to give you. We’ve rounded up the worst pieces of ad­vice flung at un­sus­pect­ing ca­reer women on an all too reg­u­lar ba­sis. 1 . Fol­low your pas­sion and money will come your way Let’s face it, you’re not Oprah or Nigella Law­son. While you should do what makes you happy, it’s im­por­tant to be re­al­is­tic. Not all of your pas­sions are vi­able ca­reer paths, but your strengths are a good in­di­ca­tor of the way to go. You may be pas­sion­ate about pizza, lan­guages and help­ing peo­ple. In­stead of open­ing an Ital­ian pizza truck and moon­light­ing as an un­qual­i­fied psy­chol­o­gist, choose a ca­reer that plays to your strengths.


. Fake it till you make it There’s noth­ing wrong with feign­ing con­fi­dence at a party. But if you tell your boss that you’re a Javascript pro when in fact you strug­gle to lo­cate the in­ter­net icon on your com­puter, you’re go­ing to get your­self fired. In­stead, ask ques­tions and try to be­come a quick learner.


. In the fu­ture, ro­bots will do your job Thanks so much, Un­cle Jeff. I’ll bear that in mind. 4 . Take the job,

even if you don’t want it – it’ll be an ex­pe­ri­ence If you won’t learn valu­able skills and make im­por­tant con­nec­tions, it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence you don’t need. More im­por­tantly, un­less you’re down your very last cent in the bank, don’t risk your hap­pi­ness.


. Work over­time. You’ll sleep when you’re dead Re­search shows that work­ing ex­ces­sively long hours neg­a­tively im­pacts your pro­duc­tiv­ity in the long run. Even if you want to prove that you’re a hard worker, it could back­fire: you may be seen as in­ef­fi­cient and un­able to pri­ori­tise. 6

. Think about your fu­ture fam­ily be­fore you make a ca­reer de­ci­sion Peo­ple tend to save this one for women. If, or when, you choose to start a fam­ily, you and your part­ner can as­sess how best to man­age the sit­u­a­tion to­gether. The more you de­velop now, the wider your range of choices will be in the fu­ture. Never throw away a con­crete op­por­tu­nity now in favour of an imag­ined fu­ture. Plus, ‘mar­ried with kids’ is not by de­fault a woman’s life goal. 7 . Things will work out for the best This is the great­est lie hu­man­ity has ever told. The law of en­tropy states that ev­ery­thing tends to­wards dis­or­der and chaos. Prob­lems tend to get worse and more com­pli­cated. Ac­knowl­edge that fail­ure is part of your ca­reer tra­jec­tory and take the ini­tia­tive to ex­plore new op­tions that might turn the sit­u­a­tion around – or land you on an en­tirely new path.

The bot­tom line The bot­tom line is that no mat­ter who you are, you’re bound to re­ceive – and give – a lot of bad ca­reer ad­vice over the course of your life. Should you ask for a raise or just give up and move to Bali? There are many right an­swers and it’s com­pletely up to you to choose the path that feels best – as long as you do choose. The one thing that every­one can agree on is that when it comes to a happy work life, sta­sis is the en­emy.

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