5 For Friday: Career Advice Edition

Looking back on career mistakes and mishaps, we all wish we could have known then what we know now. But, the truth is, when it comes to managing and advancing our careers, we don’t have to go at it alone because there’s plenty of advice out there. The trick is figuring out which advice to take. This week’s 5 for Friday provides you with articles containing plenty of advice to help you manage your career as well as warnings on the bad advice you should just ignore.
  • Top 16 Pieces of Career Advice. U.S. News & World Report: “You're more likely to be happy with your career and job if you focus less on its prestige or coolness and more on finding a career and job that uses your natural strengths and doesn't tax your weaknesses, is appropriately challenging, with a good boss and co-workers, reasonable pay, commute and job security.”
  • 4 Pieces Of Career Advice You Should Never Listen To. Policymic: “We are asked to give career advice all the time. It’s hard to give advice because you don’t want to give bad advice. We know this because we’ve been given bad advice many times in our life. We prefer to share our good and bad experiences and let people learn from them and make their own choices.”
  • Common Career Advice That’s Well-Intended, Well-Worn, and Well – Full of It! Business 2 Community: “Too frequently well-meaning individuals, in an effort to share their experience and inspire others, offer platitudes rather than meaningful counsel. These phrases sound reasonable on the surface but the deeply-flawed nature of this ‘sound-bite’ advice actually undermines career success and satisfaction.”
  • Career Advice: Making IT More Influential in the Business. Computer World: “When it comes to specific skills, business acumen is rising in importance, as the line between technology and business continues to blur. But just as important for the next generation will be the skills to assemble services (versus building new services from the ground up) in relevant domains of the future, including cloud computing, cybersecurity, big data, adaptive application design, mobile computing, and iterative software development.”
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