Important Career Ideas For 2019

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A career-guidance listicle popped up on my feed, and for once it wasn't garbage. This article, originally by Motley Fool and reposted by Fast Company, discusses six career mistakes to avoid. While the framing device of "mistakes to avoid" is odd - maybe it gets more clicks than a list of things to both do or not do - the six ideas themselves are very good advice:

  1. Step outside your comfort zone and put yourself in a position where you might fail
  2. Push yourself to keep learning and growing professionally
  3. Do not get easily flustered
  4. Do not neglect your professional relationships
  5. Do not allow yourself to be unhappy at work
  6. Ask for a raise

If these six things are common sense to you, good, but you'd be amazed how many people are afraid to do something out of the ordinary, can't find the time to improve themselves, get all worked up about insignificant adversity, don't know how to maintain a relationship, and continue to work in a job they don't like for not enough money.

Food for thought.

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Comments (9)

Jan 10, 2019

Great points!

As a junior professional who only has a few years under her belt, do you have any tips around maintaining professional relationships? I think that is by far the hardest thing to do here.

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Jan 11, 2019
Chimp scampi:

Great points!

As a junior professional who only has a few years under her belt, do you have any tips around maintaining professional relationships? I think that is by far the hardest thing to do here.

At your age, making professional relationships in the first place is more of a goal than maintaining. Go to industry events and meet people your own age and then hit them up to grab a beer or lunch or play golf or something - something outside of an industry event. Also, work on finding a couple mentors that you can turn to for genuine advice.

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Jan 10, 2019

Helpful - appreciate your insights CRE!

Jan 11, 2019

The important thing here is to not be weird or stiff about it. You want to genuinely try to find friends. Sure they may never be as deep as your "real" friends, but you'd be amazed.

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Feb 14, 2019

This is something I have always struggled with. Making a solid first impression is easy, but it's the follow up, "friend-making" that I find difficult.

Any tips for keeping it loose (but not overly loose...) with new professional relationships and friendships?

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Jan 11, 2019

I don't mean to be a dick about this, but you're essentially asking "how do I make friends?"

Talk shop but don't only talk shop. Your best professional friends will do or like similar things to you - sports, music, hobbies, etc. - just like your real friends.

Feb 14, 2019

Not overtly "dickish" response. I think the distinction between just making friends and professional friends comes from a level of comfort talking about or sharing "taboo" subjects/interests- and where that line is drawn.

I hear your point, though.

Feb 27, 2019

Find people that you share hobbies/interest/passions with. Shared interests lead to more opportunities to spend time together.

Jan 11, 2019
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