The Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Received

Career advice comes from many sources, both solicited and unsolicited.  The advice can come from family and friends, co-workers and supervisors or even the internet!  I recommend parsing through all the advice, then implementing what you believe gives you the best option for future success.


“Work hard, play hard.”

Early in my career, I had a position that was very fast paced and deadline intensive.  We worked hard on monthly closing of the books in an accurate and timely manner.  After we met the deadline, it was time to reflect on the process for improvement opportunities.  The team would meet outside of work in a casual environment to relax and acknowledge our successes.

It is necessary to work hard (smarter, not longer) to succeed in most positions, but you also need to have a life outside of the working environment in order to have balance.

“Don’t chase the money, chase your passions.”

Midway through my career, I began searching out new employment opportunities, primarily based on obtaining a higher compensation.  I wasn’t really interested in the functions of the new role, just that the compensation was higher.  After being in the new role for less than a year, I realized I wasn’t really interested in the work and the increased compensation was not worth the new stress.  If you can find something you like doing and find a way to make a living at it, it should lead to being more content.

I believe the late Jim Valvano (former national champion basketball coach) gave some great life advice:

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

The applicability to career advice is to find work that you enjoy, be mindful of your job responsibilities and be passionate about your career path.

Written By: Philip A. Catalano – ProNexus Manager, Accounting & Finance


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