6 unique but powerful tips for progressing your career

We’ve all heard the most common pieces of careers advice; make a plan, find your strengths, do what you love etc etc. But in a recent thread on Quora, careers experts and other users contributed some of the more unique careers advice they had received and how it had benefited them. We’ve picked out the top pieces of unique advice from the thread to share with you in this blog post.

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  1. Mentorship


Out of all of the tips suggested in this post, mentorship is both the most challenging to achieve successfully, but also the most rewarding. Finding someone who’s where you’d like to be 2/5/10 years down the line in your own career, and learning how to emulate their success is a great way to to progress. Finding a mentor is one of the most valuable things you can do to progress yourself as a professional and as a person. Talk to any of your friends or colleagues who have found success and they will more than likely speak of someone who either directly mentored them or someone they hold high regard for; that’s the kind of person you’ll need to find for yourself. Put simply, find out who does best what you want to do, and go to work for them.


Perhaps the most famous mentor of all

  1. Read more


Advice from mentors is of course the pinnacle of careers advice, but if this is something you’d find difficult to obtain, you can always take the old school route; read more! Check out some of the top titles on careers and you’ll already be streets ahead of everyone else. Two great places suggested on this Quora thread were works by Seth Godin (Linchpin: Are you indispensable?) and How to Think Like a CEO by D.A Benton.


  1. Understand fulfilment


To lead truly fulfilling lives, it critical to both do what you love and invest in yourself. But before you can do this, it’s important to have an appreciation for what it is that will give you a sense of fulfilment. For some, its getting that promotion and pay rise, for others it’s leading a team or it could be something like learning new skills. Its important to note that achieving fulfilment is completely unique for everyone, it’s good practice to understand what it means to you. You can speak with colleagues or management to try and establish what it means to you, or you could take any number of personality tests to get an idea. By understanding what moments make us feel fulfilled at work helps you get closer to the perfect/dream job.


  1. Learn to say no


For many of us, an important part of our personalities is being a people pleaser; which leaves us naturally inclined to say ‘yes’ to everything. But in doing so, there are often occasions where we know deep down that what we’ve agreed to do is too challenging or time consuming. But learning to say ‘no’ is an essential skill in developing your career, your work relationships and having a work-life balance. You can quickly learn to manage a people pleasing habit by having a better appreciation for saying ‘no’; learning effective time management and communication skills along the way. For more insight into this, check out this Lifehacker post.

Maybe say your 'no' a little more diplomatically than this!

Maybe say your ‘no’ a little more diplomatically than this!

  1. Win people over by asking for their advice


There are several reasons why doing this can help to win people over or even build relationships with new people at work. If you’re finding someone difficult to get along with but it’s important to your career, asking for their advice can work wonders in building relationships; here’s why.


  • They will see things from your perspective – by asking for someone’s help, it forces them to put themselves in your shoes and see a problem from another perspective in order to explain the solution. Instead of being of opposing opinions, asking for advice puts you on the same page and allows both people involved to develop a deeper understanding of each other and encouraging collaboration in the workplace.


  • They will like you more – if you’re going to someone for advice, it instantly tells them that you value their opinion. On top of this, you’ll come across as someone who wants to cooperate and build relationships with colleagues.


  1. Find your hidden talent


Award winning writer & entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk chimed in on the conversation, suggesting that looking outside the box and finding out your hidden talent is the most valuable exercise you can do. The key to having a successful career is knowing the answer to this question: What is my biggest strength? The common advice with careers is to identify your weaknesses and then take the time to develop these, but the opposite should be the case. Reflect, ask your friends and colleagues and read to find what your strengths are, then do everything in your power to triple down on these and build a career around your natural strengths.

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