Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Few Words of Professtional Advice I wish I knew Earlier

Happy Hump Day Everyone! Yes, It's already Wednesday, hump day, as in the mid day of the work week... No, not like a pelvic thrust. Just wanted to clear that up.

But anyways, today I wanted to write a few words of advice that I wish I had gotten in college or right when starting my career. I know some of you are just starting big jobs, have awesome hubbys who work big jobs, or are thinking of one in the future. Please so kindly read these tips that I so dearly wish I knew when first starting off.

Please know though, this is mainly for a professional and or corporate setting. But either way, we all have to conduct ourselves in this manner at some point of our lives so it is good to know regardless.


Here we go:

1. No one cares more about your career/future goals than you do. In business, you alone are the only one truly looking out for your career. Now, some of us might be lucky with a kick-ass mentor or boss, but at the end of the day, it has to be about (In a respectable manner of course) YOU. You must look out for your own future to get to where you want to be because in Business and Corporate America, you rarely get favors.

2. Be careful who your trust. Unfortunately, I had to learn this one out the hard way. Please learn from my mistake. Just because you have a good personal and professional relationship with someone, does NOT mean that you can trust them when it comes to your career. Please Please Please be careful about what you tell people you work with. I thought that many people were my "friends" at work. Majority of them are just colleagues. Which leads me to my next point.

3. Never divulge your personal life in a professional setting. Another hard lesson learned. Best tip: Always keep them guessing. You have no idea how conniving people can be and you never want them to use something against you. There is a time and a place for personal talk. Work isnt one of them. Granted this is to a point, but you get what I am saying.

4. Be accountable, respectable, and act admirable. Do not throw someone underneath the bus because they are an easy scapegoat. Present yourself in a respectable manner and I promise you, it will get you further in your life the RIGHT way. Be accountable for your actions and always always act ethically. People will always remember and respect that. Especially upper management.

5. Don't get caught up in Office Politics and Office Gossip. Just dont. Its petty. And when someone invloves you, just hold yourself with Grace and walk away.

6. Always know whats going on around you. Just be aware of where the company is going and what projects others are working on. It helps you to always stay in the loop and is use this to your advantage.

7. Network and make as many contacts as possible. You never know what could happen in the future with your career. With that said, burn as little bridges as possible and make as many contacts ("friends") as possible. You never know when they or you might need a favor.

8. Be careful who you tell company information to. Just watch what you say and who you say it to.


These are the best words of advice I have come to live by at work. Hope this is able to help you in some shape or form.

What is the best advice you have gotten? I would LOVE to know and LOVE for you to share.


Anonymous said...

lol pelvis thrust!! hahahahaaa, great advice and i have to agree with it all ;-)

Steph@ Living The Young Life said...

lol i like this!!! Its funny i used to think i work with these women everyday and they would never do me wrong!! UH HELLO!!! no they would and have.. you def. have to watch yourself in all aspects of your work~ i liked this post and agree very much.. it took me a long time to figure out just because you work with these women and get along doesn't mean they are your friends!

Breanna said...

great post :)

Shannon McHale said...

I agree with all your advice. My dad is a successful business man and I always ask myself if my dad was watching me right now, would he be proud of my actions? It's gotten me pretty far in my career.

Michelle P said...

Great advice!

Alana Christine said...

Wonderful advice! Thanks, girl!
Along these same lines...maybe you should do a what/what not to wear post!

Krista Lynn said...

I agree fully with your #3. It is very important to me to never mix personal life with professional. I know it's all right to have an outing of some sort, but remember those are your co-workers..and that's your career.

My best advice is to learn everything about the industry as soon as you can and take all opportunities a company may offer. Go to the extra meetings, sign up for committees, if they offer continuing it. It will never hurt your career.

Meg {henninglove} said...

that is some great advice for sure. i have been working for 6 years in the same office and finally learning the don't trust anyone, and also that no one will have your back anything anything especially your career. it is only you who will have your own back. it is sad but it is the truth!

Dearest Lou said...

Thanks for sharing the awesome advice! I'm now following you back! Thanks for your sweet comment (:


Stevie Leigh said...

Great tips and great blog, girl! Thanks for stopping by mine :)

ginanorma said...

I love this post and the prior post, you had me LOLing, so enjoying your blog!!!

Rolled Up Pretty said...

LOVE these tips! Really, they are all SO true! K I am obsessed with your blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours! Your newest follower as well! :)

Bailey@Lost&Found said...

All of these advice is so true and would have been amazing to know about 18 months ago when I started my first real job, that I no longer have! Ugh, office politics are the worst! And no, just because you think you can trust someone, doesn't mean you can!

Thanks for sharing :)


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