The best career advice is kinetic—it carries with it an energy that propels you not only from paycheck to paycheck but to a place of confidence, empowerment, and fulfillment.
Here at the Johnson & Wales College of Online Education, we strive to inspire students to achieve their academic and career goals, so it only seemed fitting that our staff share the career advice that has stuck with us.
Who knows if one of these 11 quotes is just what you need to shift career gears, approach your current work with a refreshed focus, or go after a promotion?
We hope that they inspire you, as they did us.
"The best career advice I ever received was from a former boss who told me that she looks for employees who can handle ambiguity. Things change quickly—we don’t always have the answers, and we often have to operate and make decisions in the face of ambiguity. This advice has served me well in my career." —Amy Ricci, Director of Online Education
"You are always marketing your personal brand—know what that means and how to do it." —Tom Strawn, Online Academic Advisor
"Hire people who are smarter than you are." —Josh McCarthy, Director of Online Marketing & Financial Operations
"When in a leadership role, you should support others in their growth to move beyond where you are." —TC Rogers, Lecturer
"The K.I.S.S. principle is that things like systems and processes work most efficiently (and are easier to adapt) when the design is simple. When I heard this in one of my first management roles, I didn't realize it was actually a formal operational principle adopted by the U.S. military and many other organizations. It's helped me be mindful of two things: 1) Present ideas to people in the simplest terms possible, and 2) if you can't explain something to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself. K.I.S.S. is harder to stick to than you might think!" —Lisa Caroselli, Online Admissions Software Manager
"Say yes to as many new challenges as possible and push yourself to new limits—this is something I told myself I would do when I came to COE and, so far, I’ve never been happier!" —Annie Shalvey, Communications Coordinator
"Still working on this myself!" —Michelle Doss, Online Student Financial Planning Counselor
"There is so much negativity floating around, especially today, that it can be challenging. Keep smiling and have a can-do attitude. It will take you far. Oh ... and learn Excel!" —David Cartwright, Academic Director of Online Programs
"The best career advice I ever received was from a bumper sticker on the car in front of me while I was stopped at a red light. The sticker was a solid color with the letters 'DWYSYWD' and I puzzled over what it could mean while I waited for the light to turn green. Later, I realized that each letter stood for the first word of the phrase 'Do What You Said You Would Do.' Turns out, the quailty that people admire most in their leaders is trustworthiness. You don't have to be right 100 percent of the time, but it counts that you show up, roll up your sleeves, and follow through." —Shannon Hatch, Communications Coordinator
"I received this advice from a graduate professor of mine. It just doesn't get any better or simpler than that!" —Anice O'Connor, Academic Director of Online Programs, Arts & Sciences
"Don't be afraid to apply for jobs that you don't have all of the qualifications for. Skills that you don't have, you can learn. Studies have shown that woman are more likely than men to apply only to jobs where they meet 100 percent of the qualifications, thus denying themselves opportunities and career growth. I for one was guilty of this. Once I stopped whole new opportunities opened up for me." —Heather Myers, Online Instructional Designer