Career Advices

1. Job/work isn't just about getting a paycheck; Job is a a way to connect with the world.

2. The best way to ensure you'll always be in demand is to become a specialist. Specializing is a way to differentiate yourself in a crowd. Generalizing often looks weak, lacking direction or commitment. "Generalizing could be useful as a hedging strategy if you are in a volatile industry." But if you see yourself going to the top, you need to sell yourself as a specialist, not someone hedging for a darker day.

3. You need to be an adult, and realize that adults make big decisions. Things don't just happen to you. You have power to decide what your life will be like.

4. Career decisions are not decisions about "what do I love most?" Career decisions are about what kind of life do I want to set up for myself?

5. Relationships make your life great, not jobs. But a job can ruin your life – make you feel out of control in terms of your time or your ability to accomplish goals – but no job will make your life complete. It's a myth mostly propagated by people who tell you to do what you love. Doing what you love will make you feel fulfilled. But you don't need to get paid for it.

6. The big factors in determining happiness levels are satisfaction with your job and social relationships. And in case you found yourself slipping back to thoughts of salary, according to a study, "How much pleasure people get from their job is independent of how much it pays".

7. Manage your image by telling good stories. The way you talk about yourself is very powerful. Whether or not you are conscious of it, the way you tell stories of your life frames how people see you, and how you see yourself. Acting and leading are both about establishing a relationship with an audience and making them believe in you.


Penelope Trunk's Blogs(