Whether you are starting a career, or right smack-dab in the middle of one, there are plenty of people out there wanting to provide you with advice. However, you should ignore majority of the advice you receive. This article covers 5 pieces of advice to ignore.
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1. Always say yes to your boss.
Sure, you want to be seen as a team player by your employer; you want to be seen as someone who can take on any task and succeed. However, saying yes too often can lead to you not being seen as a leader in the office, and that can spell doom for your career in terms of advancement.
What You Should Do: If you want to advance, you have to be willing to say no in the office. Don’t be afraid to voice your objection to doing or declining a particular task you feel is not in your best interests. Learn when to say no.
2. Be careful speaking your mind during meetings.
There’s a stigma attached to women who often speak their mind in meetings: being labeled the “b-word” in the office. However, not speaking up will negatively affect your ability to be seen as an asset to your employer.
What You Should Do: Speak up and don’t be intimidated in making your voice heard. If you have been asked to attend a meeting, it’s because you have something to offer. Do not be afraid to share your opinions, there are ways to assert yourself without coming across as being rude. If you need to be critical of an idea, do so constructively without softening your point.
3. Always put your work first.
It may sound cliché, but you need to establish a good work-life balance. Putting in long hours at the office may be necessary at times in order to get ahead, but it should not be the norm. You need time away from your work in order to recharge.
What You Should Do: Do not be afraid to set boundaries and priorities that exist outside of work. Doing so is good for your mental and physical well-being, and actually enables you to be more successful in your career.
4. Expect to be paid less because you’re a woman.
Pay inequality in the workplace is a hot-button social issue right now, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from it. If you’re doing the same work that male counterparts can do – and do it just as well, if not better – you should expect to be paid for it accordingly.
What You Should Do: Know what you’re worth, don’t be afraid to say it out loud, and demand it from your employer. If men are valued and know it, so should you.
5. Never turn down a networking group
Networking to establish connections is a good thing, but only in the context of what your goals are. You shouldn’t network for the sake of networking. It’s a waste of valuable time and energy that could be spent with someone of great value to your career.
What You Should Do: Build a network of confidants and mentors – people who fascinate and inspire you. Focus your attention on people that can help you in your career, and make sure those people are willing to take interest in you as an individual.
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Throughout your entire career there will be people offering you a ton of advice. You just have to know which advice would be wise for you to follow and what should be ignored.
Are there any other examples of advice you can think of that should be ignored?