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Stop Listening To *This* Outdated Career Advice

Aug 21, 2022
Stop listening to *this* outdated career advice

Stop Listening To *This* Outdated Career Advice

1. The idea that you have to have a college degree to be successful

You’ve probably heard it before: You need a college degree to be successful. It’s time to stop believing this outdated idea and start thinking of your career in a different way—because the truth is that you don't need a four-year degree to find success. In fact, as technology advances and companies continue finding innovative ways to use their resources, more people are starting businesses on their own or becoming freelancers. And these positions often require less training than traditional full-time jobs would.

It may seem daunting at first, but don't think that getting started with your career means going back to school right away (or ever). You can learn skills like graphic design on YouTube or online courses. If you're interested in marketing yourself as an artist, try looking into opportunities at local art galleries or museums where they might be able to provide feedback on your work while also helping market it through social media channels like Instagram or Twitter! While everyone's situation will differ slightly depending upon what field they won't get into, there are plenty of options available that offer varying levels of pay based on location (for example New York City vs rural Pennsylvania). If nothing else works out for them financially though then maybe just take some time off before finding something else instead--that way when we do land somewhere good both mentally/physically then hopefully we'll feel less stressed out about everything else going wrong...and maybe even forget about our past mistakes too :)

2. The idea that you have to have a ton of experience to get your first job

The idea that you have to have a ton of experience to get your first job is false. In fact, it's more important to have a good attitude, a willingness to learn, and a strong work ethic than it is to have lots of experience.

You can get your first job with a little bit of experience and a lot of enthusiasm!

3. The idea that you need an impressive title

  • the idea that you need an impressive title

If you want to be successful and take advantage of all your skills, don't get hung up on being "the marketing director" or "the COO." Those titles are just titles. They don't mean anything when it comes to how much money you're able to make or what level of respect you receive at work. They're mostly just markers for how long someone has been at their company, which feels more like an HR list than a reflection of actual success—especially if there are many holes in your resume because of this tortuous title-hunting process.

4. The idea that it’s important to clock in and out at the same time every day

There are lots of good reasons not to adhere to this kind of rigid schedule, and none of them should be ignored. For one thing, it’s very possible that you may work from home quite often. If so, it would make sense to set your hours around your family—and not vice versa! Or maybe you have different needs every morning or afternoon that require flexibility. That's fine too—you should be able to work as many hours as you need/want at any given time of day (or night). You could even take an hour off in the middle of the day if needed—maybe there's a doctor's appointment or something else important going on in your life right now that needs attention!

5. the idea that you have to work from 9-5, Monday through Friday

You don't have to work from 9-5, Monday through Friday. You can work from anywhere, anytime: at home, in a coffee shop or other public place, or in a coworking space. You might even choose to work from multiple places (like a shared office) depending on your needs and preferences at the time.

6. The idea that you should stay with one company for a long time

  • You don't have to stay with one company for a long time.*

There are many reasons why you wouldn't want to stay at the same company for all of your career. Maybe you've found that the culture doesn't match your values, or your boss is a jerk and you want nothing more than to get away from them. Maybe the work itself is too boring, or maybe it's just not what you thought it would be when you started out as an entry-level employee. Perhaps the pay isn't what it should be given how much experience and education you have under your belt; maybe this leads to stress about paying bills on time or having enough money for retirement someday. Or maybe there's simply no room for advancement—or even lateral movement—at this particular organization, which means that if you want a title change and/or pay raise from here on out (which most people do), then leaving will be necessary in order for these things to happen.*

7. The idea that you should only pursue a single career path

  • Don't limit yourself to a single career path or job.

  • Don't limit yourself to one industry.

  • Don't limit yourself to one type of business or job function, either.

8. The idea that your career defines who you are

So many people are stuck in the idea that their career is who they are. It’s a shame because careers are just one aspect of our lives—they don't define us.

There's so much more to life than your job title or even the kind of work you do for a living. Sure, it's important to be fulfilled in your career, but there's no reason why this should mean that everything else must be sacrificed in order for you to get there.

You may not realize it now, but your career isn't some linear path from point A (graduating college) to point B (retiring with an impressive salary). Your career is whatever path works best for YOU—and that might not look like anything other than a bunch of random detours and dead ends along the way!

You don't have to listen to outdated advice that doesn't fit your life and goals

You don't have to listen to outdated advice that doesn't fit your life and goals.

  • You can be successful without a college degree. In fact, about 1/4 of the U.S.'s billionaires did not graduate from college. (Source)

  • You can be successful without tons of experience. As long as you're working on something that interests you and is relevant to your future career aspirations, it's okay if your resume doesn't have 20+ years under its belt already!

  • You can be successful without an impressive title or position in front of it—or any title or position at all! Many people go back to school because they think they need a new degree in order to get promoted to the job they want…but this isn't always true! Sometimes just being awesome at what you do will get noticed by other people who are looking for someone like you, or maybe even just embracing where life has led thus far instead of worrying about what might happen next will help unlock opportunities within whatever industry/crowd we happen upon first...and those opportunities could lead us straight into our dream job someday! Just never give up trying things out because there's always another chapter waiting around the corner ready for us when we're ready for it."


The truth is, there are no rules when it comes to your career. You can be successful by following the advice of people who have been there before and listening to their stories. But at the same time, you need to remember that every person’s journey is different—and that means every person has different needs when it comes down to what they want out of their job or career path. Do what works for you!

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