The Internet abounds with terrible job advice. A lot of it is well-meaning but outdated, while other advice exploits job seekers into paying for services. Some of it filters down to people we trust, who repeat it. College career offices, for example, often employ advisers from academia who have limited industry experience. Read on to learn how to spot bad advice and run the other way.
Here is some bad advice that often comes from career services offices. Read it here.
Another terrible maxim that’s been bandied about for years to unsuspecting kids is “find your passion and follow it.” Here’s why that doesn’t work.
Bonus: Here is terrible advice from your parents that you should disregard. (Hint: If the words “pound the pavement” and “gumption” are part of their vocabulary, their advice is probably outdated!) Read it here. And here. And here. And here. Aaaand here.
Being a professor can be hard and thankless, with a million tasks and projects to grade, not to mention paperwork out the wazoo. One professor writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a way to stay sane through it all: a Be Kind Portfolio. Fill it with reminders of all the good you’ve done throughout your academic career. Read more here.
Tips include: Remember to socialize; learn all that you can, even if you won’t ever use it; don’t limit yourself to learning engineering–and a big one–If you’re not having fun, you’re in the wrong place!
All of it is good life advice, with a smattering of professional advice sprinkled in. Read more here.
What on earth does ‘business casual’ mean? What do you wear to an internship? Or a job interview? Does it differ? No matter your gender identity, this stuff is confusing when you’re going into a new career. Find some tips for different situations below.
Are you an introvert? Does networking feel “slimy” to you? The fact is that a lot of jobs are earned through schmoozing, which a lot of people–especially students and those new to the working world–find uncomfortable.