15 People Share The Worst Pieces Of Career Advice They've Ever Received

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Vote up the worst career advice you won't be following.

Bad advice is all over the place. No matter what life milestone you're approaching, you're bound to hear some unwarranted tips. And your career is no different. These people are sharing the bad career advice they've been given so you can learn about career advice you shouldn't follow.


  • 1
    7 VOTES

    Show Up Early, Stay Late, And Work Weekends

    From Redditor u/neurorex:

    "Work hard: Show up early. Stay late. Work nights and weekends if you have to." Made to sound like a secret formula to climb the ladder, but realistically messes with work/life balance and naively prioritizes the company's (or executive's) goals before your own.

  • 2
    7 VOTES

    Don't Get Into A Trade

    From Redditor u/BrobaFett9000:

    Don't get into a trade. Go to college.

  • 3
    7 VOTES

    Ask For a Job In Person

    From Redditor u/Goldrush7:

    "Go to the store and just ask for a job in person."

    There are hardly any employers who still allow walk-ins, mostly due to privacy/conflict of interest reasons. For retail stores, most managers will advise you to go on their website to apply for positions. They will not physically take your resume. You'll just be wasting your time if you try to walk in, and the manager's.

    Of course, you can go to a mom and pop shop/local business and ask for an application or hand in your resume, but it's really rare.

  • 4
    5 VOTES

    You Probably Won't Find A Better Job, So Just Stay At The One You Hate

    From Redditor u/3wyl:

    The worst piece of advice I received was: "It's unlikely you'll get a better job than this one - better to stay and have a job than quit and be jobless."

    This came from my supervisor when I handed in my resignation notice. The company had a toxic environment, work wasn't as advertised, was paid $28,000, and more.

    Sure, I admit I didn't have a full-time position for a few months, but I temped in between and now I'm in a place where the environment is awesome, get paid $40,000, etc.

    When you know what you're worth (and what you deserve) more, don't hinder yourself. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Of course, it's ideal to transition from job to job without breaks, and if you find a new job while still being employed, that's awesome. But when you're put through sh*t, and you know there's better out there, there's no worse advice than a person saying you should stay in sh*t.

  • 5
    4 VOTES

    Tell A Perspective Employer What You're Currently Making

    From a former Redditor

    "Be honest about your earnings; they can check!"

    This is how you remain a low-wage earner for the rest of your life. Never, and I mean NEVER reveal your current salary to a prospective employer.

    "My apologies, my current employer considers this information to be confidential and should I reveal my salary, I can encounter legal liability for sharing it with you."

    That exact phrase has allowed me to experience 50% to 80% jumps in salary from job to job.

    Anyone who tells you otherwise does not know how to effectively play the game.

  • 6
    4 VOTES

    Any Work Experience Is Good Experience

    From a former Redditor:

    People try to give you advice by saying that any work experience can be used to get into a specific field. Sorry, but being an engineer and taking a job at Best Buy will not get you any closer to an engineering job.