I think it’s pretty safe to say that navigating through the working world isn’t super-easy and isn’t really fun all the time. In fact, many of make some of the biggest career mistakes possible.
There are tons of rules, both written and unwritten. There are so many different personalities to deal with. And so many things out of our control. So having a super-successful career isn’t something that’s just handed to you.
You have to work at it. You have to work your butt off, really.
But eventually, and with some help, it’s something that’s totally achievable.
So I sat down and put together a list of the biggest career mistakes we should avoid. Yes, a lot of these come from straight-up personal experience… so I’ve learned a lot of these the hard way.
Hope this helps!
The 55 Biggest Career Mistakes of Your Life
- Assuming that you know everything
- Forgetting to network
- Not being prepared for meetings
- Ignoring the value of business cards
- Engaging in office drama
- Arriving to meetings late
- Not asking for more work when you’re bored
- Being satisfied doing the minimum amount of work necessary
- Not sharing your career goals with your leader
- Not reading up on your industry
- Forgetting to make a LinkedIn page
- Over-sharing personal stories at work
- Burning bridges when leaving a job
- Dressing unprofessionally
- Not proof-reading your e-mails
- Believing that you’re going to be a VP right out of college
- Not seeing the value in entry-level positions
- Not learning from your mistakes and failures
- Failing to seek out a mentor
- Thinking that once you choose a job field, you’re stuck with it forever
- Not having an updated resume available at all times
- Failing to join associations and groups pertaining to your industry
- Being a negative person
- Not taking initiative and turning down all new projects
- Forgetting to thank people who help you
- Not asking for help when you need it
- Failing to admit that you’re overwhelmed with your workload
- Trying to convince yourself that you love your job when you don’t
- Overestimating your abilities and not being honest about them
- Turning down training courses
- Not keeping track of all your accomplishments
- Making career decisions for anyone other than yourself
- Not actively looking for a job when you’re not happy with the one you have
- Thinking that it’s too late in life to change careers
- Making premature judgements of others
- Over-promising results, and then failing to deliver
- Not having a system for managing e-mails
- Failing to understand when and how you’re most productive
- Assuming that everyone around you thinks the same way you do
- Failing to accept diversity as an asset to your team
- Not caring how your actions affect other people
- Having an emotional IQ of zero
- Being scared to ask questions
- Making decisions that impact others without consulting with them first
- Believing that you need to be an a-hole to be taken seriously
- Taking jobs just for the money
- Not sharing your knowledge with others
- Letting your ego guide your decisions
- Not thinking big-picture
- Complaining about problems instead of offering solutions
- Failing to embrace change
- Being intimidated by new technology
- Not pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone
- Not giving yourself time to re-charge
- Not standing up for what you’re worth
Have you made some of these biggest career mistakes? Or others?! Feel free to share your thoughts below!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Lost Gen Y Girl.
About the Author: Kayla Cruz graduated college at the age of 20 with a degree in Health Services Administration. She is currently working as a Regulatory Coordinator in Clinical Research while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration specializing in Human Resources. She has found she’s most passionate about helping young professionals navigate through their first few years as GenYers in the workforce. Follow Kayla on Twitter!