We always look for advice and tips that can help start and grow our careers. After all, we all can use some help, right? But sometimes, the most given career advice are the ones that can block your career potential. There’s a lot of traditional information that most people still follow, without knowing just how it affects their progress. That is why we’ve debunked some career myths to help you fulfill your potential.
1. Most people know their major in college
Wrong! A lot of students who enter college are undecided. In fact, some are forced to take a major because that’s what their parents want for them, and some take a long time to graduate because they keep switching their majors. What you should remember is that there’s nothing wrong with taking your time to know yourself and what you truly want.
2. Follow your passion
There’s nothing wrong with following what you’re truly passionate about. If you’re one of the lucky ones that get a job in what you’re passionate about – then kudos to you! However, there are times when you have to be realistic. I’m not saying that you have to stop following your passion but it’s also reasonable to find work where you can be happy at. It doesn’t necessarily need to be your passion.
3. Working long hours equals promotion
Clocking in overtime is not the main key to success. What matters the most is what you have accomplished in your work. Showing great results is the primary factor. Working long hours isn’t necessary. As long as what you do is effective, efficient, and quality-driven, you’re good to go!
4. Your college major lead to your career success
Not every graduate is lucky enough to land a position directly related to their college major. There are a lot of cases where graduates get a position far from their majors. As Alison Green stated in US News, You might have an English degree but end up in HR, or a sociology degree but end up selling ads, or a music degree but end up as a professional fundraiser.
5. Earning a lot of money is equivalent to happiness
It’s true that a good enough salary is important. After all, you have bills to pay and necessities to buy. However, it isn’t the necessary path in getting job satisfaction in employees. Is it really worth it when you have a lot to sacrifice, such as spending time from your family? Doing a job that you enjoy is better with a competitive salary that you need.