by Laura Gibbons
It can be challenging to know when you are making the right or wrong decisions regarding your career. Should you stay in your current job, apply for a promotion, go back to school, or change fields are just a few of the questions that you may ask yourself from time to time. You may never know if you are making all of the right choices regarding your career however there are some common career mistakes you should avoid.
1 – Staying too long in a dead-end job. Have you stayed in your current job for several years without a promotion? Have you spoken to your boss about the possibility of a promotion and they made it clear that there will not be any opportunities for growth? If you have ambition of moving up the corporate ladder, avoid staying too long in a dead-end job. Don’t stay too long in hopes that things will change. If your company does not support your need for growth, it may be time to walk away. Staying too long in a dead-end job is a common career mistake that you may regret for many years to come.
2 – Trusting the wrong person at work. Most people have a few friends at work that they confide in when stressed or frustrated. Not everyone that appears to be your friend truly has your best interests at heart. Don’t make the mistake of trusting the wrong person. You may find that your friend is actually telling your boss or co-workers everything that you are saying in confidence. Don’t gossip or talk about others to anyone in the workplace. It is always best to avoid venting to others whenever possible.
3 – Staying in a toxic work environment. All jobs have the occasional ups and downs. No place is perfect however a toxic work environment is a place where dysfunction and stress is the norm. This is a place where there really aren’t any good days and you dread coming in to work every morning. These toxic work environments can damage your self-esteem, mental health, and overall well-being. Get out of these situations as fast as you can.
4 – Letting others define your career path. You may feel compelled to follow a parent’s career path or take a job that you don’t like just to make others happy. This may be a short-term solution to keep the peace however it won’t make you happy in the long run. If you don’t have any interest in the chosen career path, you may never feel fulfilled at work or reach your true potential. Choose a field that makes happy. After all, you don’t want to spend 40+ hours of your week doing something that you hate. Don’t make the career mistake of letting others define your career path.
5 – Oversharing. It is common for people to overshare at work especially when they are really comfortable around their boss or co-workers. Avoid making this career mistake. There is such a thing as TMI (too much information). Always remember that work is a professional setting. You don’t want to be excluded from future opportunities because you are better known for your personal life than you are for the quality of work that you put out.
These are just some of the common career mistakes people make every day. What other career mistakes should people avoid whenever possible? Write your thoughts in the comment section below.
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About the Author:
Laura Gibbons is the founder of 9to5SurvivalGuide.com. Laura has survived 12+ years in the corporate retail environment. She has dealt with difficult co-workers, impossible bosses, and stressful work environments. She now shares her insights and expertise on career advancement and 9 to 5 survival through her website.