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Resource: Career Advice
Outdated Career Advice You Should Ignore In Order to Be Successful
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Career advice has been around for as long as there has been a job market. A lot of which has been recycled again and again despite major economic, market, and technological changes. The thing about career advice is that none is actually timeless.

The most useful and effective kind of career advice will specifically reflect current times and culture. Taking advice from the past isn't the best way to move forward.

Let's get one thing clear: career advice has an expiration date, and when its meaning has gotten stale it's time for something fresh.
 
Often times, the same career advice is just worded in differently. One of these commonly reused pieces is "Do what you love/makes you happy and the money will follow." You've probably been working long enough to know that it doesn't typically work that way. In the real world, the money usually follows when you do what's in demand.

This isn't to say that people who make a living doing what they truly enjoy don't become successful. It's not hard to believe that having fun serves as fuel to stay driven thus leading to making good money. But considering the state of today's society, getting by until you get rich really isn't feasible. The current economy simply isn't flexible enough for just anyone to take those sort of risks.

Say you do follow your passion and the money never shows up. What's Plan B? In many cases, it takes people years and years before they start seeing a hint of profits. You also have to think about whether it's even something that has a consumer base substantial enough to sustain revenue. This isn't a bad idea if you're not bent on the money aspect. Paper chasers, on the other hand, should look for an industry that incorporates their interests and is in accordance with market demands.

Staying informed on the lastest trends and advancements in the business world will help keep you afloat when some areas start to sink. Think of the days of VCRs and VHS that are now gone along with your neighborhood Blockbusters. It can't always be assumed that the job you have today is bound to take you places so always have something else in mind in case of unforseen fallouts.

Life being as unpredictable as it is, preparation for whatever you may encounter a necessary survival skill. Preparing yourself well when it comes to your career means being two-steps ahead of the game, something that's hard to do when your mindset is ages behind you. Next time you think about advice that tells to you to what makes you happy, ask yourself whether making money is important to you. It may not buy happiness, though it does pay for food, shelter, and clothing which is enough to make most people happy.