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What is the best piece of work or career advice you’ve ever received?

  • 09-09-2021 2:20pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,777 ✭✭✭

    Thought this might be a fun topic to discuss - What is the best piece of work or career advice you’ve ever received?



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    Pushing a pencil is easier that pushing a shovel, especially as you get older (My father, RIP, 40+ years ago, so it is a bit dated)

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,808 ✭✭✭tom1ie

    Never work for free.

  • Posts: 18,749 ✭✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    Better to be judged by twelve then carried by six.

    Very job specific, that one! 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,814 ✭✭✭✭Spanish Eyes

    Learn to read documents upside down, then you know what's on the other side of the boss/colleague's desk. I learned a lot that way in the pre desktop/laptop days, yes I'm getting on now. LOL.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    "Leave and don't come back"

    Getting sacked from a retail management job when I was young was the best thing that ever happened to me. I left retail (not something I'd ever planned to do), worked in a factory, educated myself through part time courses, moved jobs & roles as time went on, doubled my salary within 5 years of leaving retail and the rest is history

    Glad I followed that advice :)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 876 ✭✭✭bb12

    keep your powder dry!

    don't get caught up in the small petty stuff and other people's drama and battles and never tell anyone anything more than they need to know

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,162 ✭✭✭LawBoy2018

    Never put your loyalty before your own self-interest.

  • Registered Users Posts: 135 ✭✭shoxter

    Dont be a busy fool, I learned that too late in my life! Another is that the ones who are always claiming to be busy or business has never been better are usually the ones closest to the wall.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,200 ✭✭✭BrianD3

    Not directly work or career advice but very relevant IMO

    "A man with savings can walk tall" with the quote then going on to describe how savings (or lack thereof) affects one's mindset in the workplace.

    Put more bluntly, don't be a good little wage slave who lives paycheque to paycheque. Save up some fcuk you money if you can by not splurging your money on crap you don't need.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 3,635 CMod ✭✭✭✭Ravelleman

    It's them, not you.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,425 ✭✭✭ZX7R

    Never be the first to try something new and never be the last to try it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 449 ✭✭HerrKapitan

    Don't fight other people's battles.

  • Registered Users Posts: 129 ✭✭Nickla

    If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,777 ✭✭✭Patsy167

    I've read this a couple of times and not sure I get what the takeaway is. Does it mean that you should develop the next person below you on the ladder to do your job?

  • Registered Users Posts: 149 ✭✭jeremyr62

    Don't expect thanks for doing your job well. It's what you get paid for.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,292 ✭✭✭yagan

    That is so true. I had a great job once that turned to crap with a change in management which made it toxic. Feeling fed up one day I formally put myself forward for voluntary redundancy if it arose. After that the management ignored me as they knew they had no hold on me so the job actually became pleasurable again.

    MY own career tip is live near work.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,200 ✭✭✭BrianD3

    Key point there - a good workplace can turn toxic in a short space of time if there is a change in management, restructuring, financial problems etc. I have experienced this myself in the public service. I had gotten myself into something of a rut - specialised work with few promotional opportunities and experience not valued much outside of the PS. My attitude was that it was fine as I was enjoying the work. Then there were retirements and cutbacks and things turned bad very quickly. If I had my time again I'd do a few things differently. One thing that I did do right was save heavily over many years. If I hadn't done that I'd be in a terrible position today in terms of both my finances and mental health.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,922 ✭✭✭Royale with Cheese

    My uncles told me when I was starting out working to always take a shít on the companies time, never your own. Advice I've followed for 15 years now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 129 ✭✭Nickla

    what i understood from it is that you could get stuck in a particular job and if better positions opened up you would not be considered.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,578 ✭✭✭✭Turtwig

    It means that your contribution to a particular pivotal position is so valuable it may not be easy to replace you and achieve the same output. When this happens companies may be hesitant to promote you as that may end up harming their output more.

    Your best chances of promotion are outside the company. As may be your chances for better salary negotiation. That though depends on the culture. Some companies may recognise just how pivotal your role is and reward you accordingly. Others may not.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,774 ✭✭✭circadian

    Everyone's winging it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 57 ✭✭starringme

    'Make it your business to like your job'

    wise words my granny used to say. I often say it to whingers.

    My first manager told me to keep a record of your work progress as it happens because you'll easily forget accomplishments, projects, praise from significant parties etc. I highly recommend it as I never really kept track and promotional forms were made much tougher as a result.

  • Registered Users Posts: 266 ✭✭BhoyRayzor

    No one will value your time as much as you do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 245 ✭✭floyd333

    Don't take annual leave the same time as your boss

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    No they might pass you out on the ladder ;-) It means don't make yourself indispensable, anybody on your team should be able to step in and do your tasks. Back in the day, I remember one guy who's job it was to run the out going mail packing machine at a major insurance company. It should have been easy, just make sure the machine did not jam, but this guy took to reading the content of the out going letters and in doing so caught many embarrassing errors - missing balances, demands for late payment being sent out before the invoices etc... Senior management learned about him and heaped praise on him. Great. But every time his team leader proposed a promoting or moving on, senior management shot it down on the base it was too risky to move him. Eventually he figured out that the only way to move on was to move out.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,625 ✭✭✭Wildly Boaring

    Before you send an email.......

    Half it.

    Before you send an angry or argumentative email........

    Save a draft (without recipients) and read again the next morning.

    You'll end up deleting it 99% of the time

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    "It's only a job"

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,711 ✭✭✭ebbsy

    **** flows downhill, make sure you are standing on the bridge when it gets to you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,093 ✭✭✭Ger Roe

    Advice given to me by an experienced manager :

    Don't give urgent work to the person doing nothing. If he is doing nothing, that is his nature and he won't care about your priority.

    Give your work to the busy person. They have the correct ethic and will work to get on to your requirement as quickly as possible.

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  • Posts: 18,749 ✭✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    This is why a lot of people do as little as possible!

    you know you're the last on the list for work 😁