Career Advice to Ignore

June 26, 2015 | Alessya

Comments (2)

Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Show up earlier and leave later than everyone else. Make sure you speak up in meetings. There are countless books, blogs (even this one!) and articles giving out career advice, that sometimes it's difficult to know which to follow. That's why when I saw the article, 'The Classic Career Advice You Should Feel Free To Ignore' my curiosity was piqued! It has a top 9 list of advice to ignore, many of which I've actually heard myself:

1. Never turn down a networking opportunity
2. Above all else, think strategically
3. Narrow down your five year plan
4. Multitasking is good
5. Gaps in your resume is bad
6. Going back to school will help you get ahead
7. Prep, prep, prep
8. You must follow your passion
9. Work you and real you are different people

Reading this article and recognizing that I had been regurgitating many of these things I had heard in my life to others, made me realize that things do change over time and that the advice our parents gave us does not necessarily reflect society today. This is all a good reminder that whenever we read or hear something that is meant to guide us in life, we should take it with a grain of salt and consider the big picture combined with our individual circumstances and personalities. There is nothing that will work 100% of the time, for 100% of people (otherwise we'd all be doing it by now!)

For more advice to avoid check out this article published by Business Insider or this one published by

For more professional tips and tricks, see if your local library is hosting any programs or try some of these titles available at your local library:

10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce Women in Business I Found a Job! Career Advice from Job Hunters Who Landed on Their Feet The Career Playbook