8 pieces of career advice


Ah, the benefit of hindsight! If only your sixteen-year-old self knew what you know now. The world of work can be complex and challenging. And so can forging a successful and rewarding career. Chances are, though, that you’ve picked up some helpful tips along the way. Perhaps a manager gave you a nugget of advice you’ve never forgotten. Or maybe, like us, you’ve found inspiration in well-known (and less well-known) quotes.

Here are the eight best pieces of career advice no one told you.

  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” —Steve Jobs

It’s not all about the money! Estimates indicate that the average human spends 4,821 days of their life at work. That’s a staggering 24% of their time on the planet . . . and it doesn’t include unpaid overtime. So, it makes sense to do something you enjoy.

  • “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss

If you feel like there’s nothing left to learn in your current role, it’s time to move on. There are plenty of jobs out there where you’ll have the opportunity to build on your knowledge and skills and move on up the career ladder.

  • “Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” —Michele Jennae

Forging strong professional relationships can make a positive difference to your current role and long-term career path. Make the most of every opportunity to network, both online and offline.

  • “Show up. Be consistent. Do what you say. Give more than you take.” —Unknown

Reliability at work helps to build trust and respect with co-workers and management and can pave the way to increased responsibilities and promotion.

  • “Give yourself something to work toward – constantly.” —Mary Kay Ash

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself! Setting goals will provide you with clarity on what you want to achieve and the motivation to get there.

  • “When you say yes to others, make sure you are not saying no to yourself.” —Paulo Coelho

Mental health and wellbeing are essential for career longevity. So, say ‘no’ when you don’t have the capacity to take on more work. It can be hard, but you’ll reap the benefits in terms of enhanced work-life balance.

  • “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

In short, do what you want to do, not what your family, friends or society expect you to do.

  • “Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” —Sandra Day O’Connor

Everyone should be prepared to start small. The knowledge and skills you gain in every role can eventually lead you to bigger and better things.

For more career advice, contact the professional team at Optimal Recruitment team today on info@optimalrecruitment.com.au or 02 8416 4181.