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10 myths about careers

10 myths about careers

European Business Listicle 15/2019

The topic of careers keeps us all busy. There are incredibly many myths about what you should do, what will hurt you and what will boost your career. Don’t stand in your own light and believe everything you read or hear. Be aware of what will help you and your career. Our tips are sure to help as we clear up myths regarding careers.

You need good connections to get anywhere

How many times have we seen someone get a job thanks to good connections? Good relationships aren’t always everything in life. Remember that this coworker got his job for one reason only: because he knows the boss. You prevailed over other applicants and won over your employer with achievements – that’s something to be proud of! 

No master’s degree? No way

You think that you have to have a master’s degree just because the job ad says so? That’s wrong: Win them over with a perfect CV and your experience. A master’s degree says absolutely nothing about your performance at work. Of course, a master’s is a requirement for some professional fields. Find out before starting your career what the requirements for your dream job are.

You have to have been abroad

If you didn’t go abroad during your school career or in college, you have no chances in your professional career. Whatever! Time abroad is not always an enrichment in your CV. While others are abroad, you can significantly advance your career in your home country and already have a full-time job. You’re one step ahead of your classmates in that regard.

ALWAYS be reachable

Thanks to digitalization, constant reachability is a given. You can check your emails, take calls and send files on the go with no problem. And unfortunately, some employers expect that from their employees. But that sends the wrong message. When you finish your work for the day, shut off, don’t read any emails and relax. So that you don’t become chronically ill (burnout, depression), make it clear to your employer that clear rules regarding availability outside of regular working hours are absolutely sensible and definitely need to be followed.

Networking is everything

Contacts are important for your career, so network constantly. Of course, contacts are helpful for your job prospects, but here the adage applies: quality over quantity. You can better intensify promising contacts instead of making as many superficial contacts as possible, just so that you can say I have X contacts saved in my phone book or I’m connected with X people on LinkedIn or Xing. Definitely check: How does this contact bring me forward? What know-how can he offer me? Can I profit from his contacts? And can I offer the contact something in return?

“I have to move to a big city to make a career”

There are plenty of small towns – far more than big cities. So the assumption makes sense that there’s nothing going on in small towns. Think again! Seemingly rural regions in particular are known for their medium-sized companies. You can make a career here just as well, and sometimes even much faster, than in a major city. Decisions are made more quickly and with less fuss in small companies than in larger corporations, where decisions have to pass through multiple committees.

Only young people find new jobs

You’re 50 years old and dreaming of a new challenge and career prospects? Then don’t hesitate! The myth that only young people find a new job quickly is wrong. Many companies are looking specifically for experienced professionals, and age is no object. In addition, in Germany, for instance, there’s the General Equal Treatment Act, which prohibits discrimination due to age.

Adapt for an advantage

Up to a certain point, everyone should adapt to his job or the rules that apply there. But constantly sucking up to your boss or superior because you are of the same opinion and hoping for better chances because of it is wrong. Yes-men are unpopular among coworkers and, in the long run, with bosses. After all, a yes-man won’t bring new ideas into the company.

A career makes you happy

You think a career makes you happy? Fortunately, there are many other and especially more pleasant reasons (family, friends, experiences) than career and money. Is it a position with long work days and performance pressure that makes you happy? If you can answer this question with “Yes,” ignore the rest of the tips. If you answer with “No,” ask yourself what you want to achieve or experience in life. Thanks to a variety of working time models, we are significantly more flexible in shaping our careers today.

Careers stagnate during crises

You think that your career prospects are put on hold in times of (financial) crisis? Certainly, a crisis brings with it layoffs or internal restructuring. But such restructuring could be your chance. The really good employees will assert themselves, and you can prove that you are the better choice for the position. Once you have a foothold in the company and have won them over with your performance, you won’t have to worry about your career.

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