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Career Advice 101

No matter where you are in your career path or job search, you’re usually able to pinpoint a time towards the start of your professional life where you’ve said to yourself, “If only I knew then what I know now” (or something along those lines).

Career advice can be found anywhere on the web and social media, but how can we be sure that this advice is relevant to our career exploration or if it’s one-size-fits-all? That’s why we took to LinkedIn to ask our community of seasoned career experts, hiring managers, and students to share the advice they wish they had received at the beginning of their professional lives, and collected their most-cited responses. Welcome to Career Advice 101.

  1. Start early on your career goals.

  2. Look for a good boss, not only a good company.

  3. Commit to lifelong learning because things change overnight and you need to be prepared to change with them.

  4. Don’t confuse exam scores with learning.

  5. Don’t just stop at theoretical concept. Apply it to your new job as well.

  6. Let go of expectations, be open to the journey to your dream job.

  7. Tend to work-life balance much, much more closely.

  8. Stay humble.

  9. Stay true to yourself to land your dream job.

  10. A higher salary is not worth throwing away your dream.

  11. Keep learning.

  12. Read a lot.

  13. Don’t run before you can walk.

We hope this career advice will help you at your next job interview, conversation with a recruiter, meeting with your boss, or just  excelling in your current role — after all, career success is an ongoing journey.