Career Services: The best career advice I ever received

June 19, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

By Aysha Bell

Throughout our lives we consistently receive advice from loved ones, trusted advisers and colleagues. Sometimes the advice isn’t valuable for our circumstances. However, there are times when the input is extremely impactful and affects the trajectory of our personal and/or professional journey.

The best career advice I ever received came through a Sunday morning message at church. When I was younger, I struggled with follow-through. I would overbook my schedule with tasks and events I was unable to fully execute. As a result, I often “dropped the ball” in areas of responsibility.

Then one Sunday the pastor preached a message that emphasized the first half of the scripture found in Matthew 5:37: But let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No.”  That resonated with me so much, it got me to re-evaluate how I handle my areas of commitment. When I said “yes” to an obligation, I needed to make sure I completed the assignment and/or task to the best of my ability.

Ensuring that my “yes” was “yes” and my “no” was “no” has changed both my professional and personal life for the better. Since I made a commitment to that principle, I have been trusted with more responsibility in career, and I am confident in my ability, with God’s help, to complete the tasks I am given.

Please take some time to consider the best career advice you’ve ever received and share it with the Alumni Relations team in the comment box located at the bottom of this article. We might connect with you about sharing your story in a future article! Lopes Up!

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  1. Joanne Lopez Valerio

    The best advice I got, specific to teaching, was to never leave a job because of an administrator. The administrator who gave me this advice, during an interview for practicum hours, was in his last year preparing for retirement. He shared that administrators come and go and generally the “bad” ones are just using the school as a stepping stool towards a central office appointment.

    This advice was the best advice I received because regardless of the personal ambitions of an administrator, it will give me great pause before leaving a teaching post. Additionally this advice gives me a greater respect for discomfort in the workplace. Sometimes leaving a position is necessary, but many times it is premature. I know that this advice will help me avoid a poor and premature decision, and I hope it helps others too!

    Jul.03.2017 at 9:59 am
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