You give a lot of career advice. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Dear Just Curious,
Wow, that’s a good one especially because I’m stunned at how difficult I’m finding this question especially when I dole out career advice all day long. Even today a candidate was telling me that she’s afraid to commit to a consulting firm on a full time basis and I asked her if she had also thought about the commitment the firm would make to her in the form of training, development, mentorship, benefits, and more. She hadn’t by the way.
The best career advice I ever received was over breakfast, banana pancakes and a Diet Coke, at Lou Mitchell’s in downtown Chicago before I joined Cipe Consulting Group. I was breakfasting with a Senior Partner from Korn Ferry and friend of a family friend; one who I should stay in touch with come to think of it. I was telling him about the potential benefits and associated risks with joining a firm that, at the time, only had three partners, a website, and no business. After I blabbered on enough, he said to me, “So what’s the problem?”
Essentially his advice boiled down to the proverbial push off the cliff.
Therefore, as cheesy as it sounds, the best career advice I ever received was to go for it and let future Cassie worry about the outcome and challenges. Please don’t mistake this advice with that of “follow your passion,” which is constantly given out by executives and is worthless in my opinion. This advice is: take the big career advancing opportunity that is at your door. Take the risk, just go for it.
Thanks Just Curious!
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