Career Advice

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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You've gone to your parents for their career advice and left still not wanting to become a surgeon. You've spoken with your uncle who, in spite of what you can tell, swears he doesn't live at the track, and you're pretty sure becoming a professional bookie isn't for you either. Is your only remaining option to suck it up and join a huge faceless corporation and sit in a cubicle all day? Not necessarily.

Realize that there's career advice to be had at various points along your personal journey. The advice you take at age 21 may be whoppingly different from that which you choose to follow at 51, when you might not be positioned to take significant risks. The average worker changes jobs seven times throughout his or her career, so it's a safe bet that you'll eventually find yourself considering career advice you simply wouldn't have followed earlier in your life. Also know that there's career advice to be taken from "the establishment" (guidance offices, counselors, etc.) and advice from less conventional sources such as renegade entrepreneurs and self-styled millionaires.

For Career Advice, Talk to Those You Admire

If applying to law school seems great for everyone but you, spend some time targeting people whose lives you think you would want. Notice the use of the word "lives" and not simply "jobs." The key to a happy life, according to those who claim to be happy, is striking a balance between work and play. Look around your life and choose a few people who appear to be doing it right. Then commit to finding out everything you can about how they've accomplished what they've accomplished.

Some of the best career advice you're likely to get from these individuals is to break all the rules. Many times, these mavericks designed their own careers where no "ready-made" careers existed. Most of all, don't be afraid to color outside of the lines, especially if you're at a point in your life that affords you the chance to be brazen in your choices. Oftentimes, the rewards that come of it far supersede those of more "accepted" ventures.

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