Family and Friends May Not Be Best Source for Career Advice

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 26, 2016
Kid Won't Listen

While your friends and family may be brimming with all sorts of advice, from how to dress to who to date to where to move, you might want to take their career guidance with a grain of salt, according to an article in FastCompany. A certified career coach says that there's two main problems with taking advice from those closest to you.

First is that they likely come with a completely different set of experiences and goals than yours, and so the advice they give to you is really more about themselves. For example, if they're career-oriented climbers, they're going to give advice that's suited for that type of person. If you're not, though, following their suggestions would likely not suit your career goals. The career coach brings up the example of her own mother making a mid-career shift into being an accountant, who loved it so much she said it would be great fit for her daughter too (which, according to FastCompany, it was not). 

Second, they care about you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it does mean that their advice will lean toward the safe side. But, said the career coach, sometimes advancement means risk, and sometimes risk means getting hurt. So while, yes, certain paths are clearly more stable and risk-free, that may not jibe with what you envision for your career. 

Ultimately, according to FastCompany, it's important to stay in touch with what you want. We might add, too, that perhaps a better place to get career advice might be other people working in your field, particularly a mentor. 

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