30 Pieces Of Career Advice To Help Young Africans Career Growth

30 Pieces Of Career Advice To Help Young Africans Career Growth

Throughout your career you would come across people willing to offer you advice on how to advance in your career. From how to align your passion to your career , tentative steps on how to break through career hurdles to even the nitty-gritty on how to tackle workplace relationships.

Whether you get your advice from mentors, mastermind groups, family members or colleagues , we’ve gone ahead to provide you with 30 of the most valuable pieces of information that should keep you informed as you start from the bottom and make it to the top.

1. “Build relationships. Every person you meet is a potential to new doors and opportunities; professionally and otherwise. Always connect with people, you never know what role they could play in the grand scale of things”  – Kristina Leonardi, Career Coach

2. “Have a general career path in mind , build relationships along that path, and be willing to accept challenges even if it seems they may lead.” – Brian Sullivan, Suillivan Branding

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3. “The best kind of career is one that encourages you to use the skills you enjoy however , not every role needs to feed or even address your passion . Ensure you learn and develop new skills and keep an open mind. You could find happiness in something you never saw yourself doing.” – Miriam Salpeter, Founder Keppie Careers

4. “It is not enough to find your purpose in life, the challenge is to build a world where everyone else can . To do this, you should; do great things no matter how scary, help people build community.” – Mark Zuckerberg

5. “Work harder than everyone above or below you. Having a good work ethic commands respect.” – Keith Johnson, Event Consultant, Plannerwire

6. “Listen to people . You have to be able to listen to people and learn from them. It will help you acquire knowledge from different streams” – Aliko Dangote

7. “In business, have a strategic plan. Having a business idea is not the same as having plans that can bring them to fruition . You must develop strategic plans to launch your business and how to keep yourself in business.” – Aliko Dangote

8. “Your life, happiness, sense of balance and how people treat you are all under your control, but you have to fight to reinforce these things each day”. – Jamie Scotto Cutaia, Jamie Scotto and Associates

9. “Know Yourself . It may seem obvious and assumed, but often isn’t. Many people spend a lot of their career doing their work and don’t spend necessary time reflecting or noting personal value. Understanding who you are, what you have to offer employers, and why you should be selected as a candidate of choice is critical to career transition and success. In order to ‘win’ a new job, a promotion, or a major career change you need to know how to sell yourself – and you can’t sell something you don’t fully understand. Identifying personal strengths and backing up.” – Adrienne Tom

10. “Avoid being paralyzed by fear.” – Brett Farmileo, Markitos

11. “Don’t tie your sense of worth to your job. Irrespective of how your job is faring know that you’re valued and act accordingly. If your emotions from work are driving you , you need to stop and rethink your priorities.” – Jeff Tan, Dentsu Aegis Network

12. “If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inonvenience , console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.” – Jane Fonda

13. “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. This goes beyond the clothes you wear everyday : Its the way you present yourself at meetings and work events how you interact with staff both those above and below you , and how seriously you take your jobs.”  -Adrian Granzella Larssen, Editor-in-chief at The Muse

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14. “Have a mentor within your company. They can identify opportunities for advancement you might overlook and give you guidance through hectic projects and also in helping you build relationships higher up the work ladder. Not to mention the influence they hold within the company and industry which would be invaluable to your career growth.” – Jessica Taylor, Writer.

15. “Managers love employees who are coachable, open to feedback, eager to learn from their mistakes, and humble about their work.This attitude will get you hired and kept.”

16. “Remember who the boss is: your client. You may be the boss of you, but your client is in charge of your revenue, and ultimately the health of your business. Choose wisely when you pick a job, make sure it’s something you want to do and involves people you want to work with.​ Make sure you show up happy to be there, eager to contribute. If you aren’t, you will not be successful ultimately. If they aren’t paying you enough to walk through that door with a smile on your face, or the job doesn’t motivate you enough to be eager about the work, you’re in the wrong job. Find something else to do.”- Allison Task, Career and Life Coaching

17. “In the creative industry, hours are long. You must work hard to succeed. But to be inspired and keep your finger on the pop culture pulse, you also really need to play hard. You need to get out there and live life. See the play. Hear the music. Go on the trip. A life lived solely behind a computer screen leaves little to the imagination.” – Abby Downing, ZinePak

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18. “Earn people’s trust. Whether It’s a client , a coworker, a vendor or a boss , once you have earned someone’s trust, new opportunities information and cooperation come to you.” – Drew McLellan, Agency Management Institute.

19. “Trust yourself. If you’ve been hired by merit then you need to trust that your contribution matters and you’ve been hired to bring your strenghts, expertise and gifts”. – Colette Reilly

20. “Emotional intelligence is an important skill. More hiring managers look out for people who will fit and work well with others over experience. Particularly at more junior positions. It is also one of the most critical skills for senior management and leadership positions.” – Mel Savage, The Career Reset

21. “Market yourself because no one else will do it for you.” – Starr Million Bker,INK

22. “Tenacity and persistence—nothing beats it. Even if your talent isn’t there yet, you can always develop it to what it will eventually be. But people who are persistent and tenacious and driven and have a really clear, defined goal of what they want, nothing compares to that. Not giving up is really huge.” —Catt Sadler, Anchor at E!

23. “No matter what you do, you’ll make it through. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The thing they don’t tell you is that it nearly kills you.” —Tyler Arnold, Founder of SimplySocial Inc.

24. “Figure out what you love and then connect yourself with the people and resources that can help you make a living doing it.” – Victoria Sydorowicz

25. “Work towards improvement, not perfection. Success doesnt come over night, strive for constant mprovement not perfection.” – Lindsay Mullen, Prosper Strategies

26. “Employers want but never say this but they want an employee who will take initiative to solve problems and see the things that need to be done without being told. That also includes going beyond the immediate scope of the job because whatever your job description is will be only the minimum for what they want you to do. If that is all you do, you won’t be excelling, you will be “getting by” – Dorothy Tannahill-Moran, Introvert Whisperer.

27. “Know your story. People are woefully unprepared to tell the story that connects their background and skills with what they do/are looking to do in their career. Developing a great narrative and practicing it until it becomes natural is the best way to get hired, to stay hired and to relate to those who can help you in your career and your life.” – Allison Cheston , Career Connector

28. “Learn to manage your career yourself .Management is focusing on what skills and experiences you need to ultimately be in your dream job. Manage your moves carefully, making sure you build the right skills.” -Gina Michnowicz, Union+Webster

29.  “In chaos, there is opportunity. Most major career accelerations happen when someone steps into a mess and makes a difference.” —Kristi Hedges, Leadership Coach

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30. “Get a career mentor. A person more experienced in the career you intend to build in will provide you with guidance and motivation.” – Mentor Africa Foundation.

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