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



  • Get out of the Hospitality sector, I did after 28 years , 10 years ago , Recent reflections suggest it was advice I was wise to take 😏

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

  • "You should always be earning at least your age in salary as a measure of success."

    This was in the era of punts but stood with me in life as a good barometer of how I was doing. For example you are 25, you should be earning at least IR£25k (€32k).

  • Don't over indulge, you don't need a fancy car or a fancy house.

    Get out of the rat race as soon as you can.

    The only reason your buying these things is to impress other people.

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  • It can be hard to take action on this but the best advice I've had I think is to not necessarily find a good job but find a good manager. My previous job on paper was great but I had a manager who was absolutely toxic and probably harmed my career more than anything.

    But of course this is difficult - how do you know what a manager will be like before taking a job?

  • I'm in it for 4 years and even that is far too long.. Absolute slavery..

  • Well one bit of advice I could give in that is to follow your gut in an interview.

    If the person interviewing is going to be your manager and you don't like them at interview stage. Or just get a general odd vibe. Run.

    Unfortunately this is speaking from experience.

  • I hear you, there was a time it was a great industry to be in, Excellent Training, Quality driven , gosh even the word Hospitality meant something, it went to shyte before the boom and down the drain during the crash. The pandemic, and for all the wrong reasons exposed what an awful career it was to be in (Not all businesses course but generally)

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

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  • I get what you're saying. I totally agree with all your points also. All it is worth now is having cooking as a life skill. Nothing more.

  • Ranks right up there with "Everyone lies", except it is not true. Most people are honest and don't lie and I'm say that as some how has worked in the area of fraud investigation. It's the regular excuse you hear from people trying to justify their actions, when they are caught and ironically the reason they got caught is because one or many of the honest decent people raised a red flag about them.

  • May have been said already but a few I've taken a bit from:

    1. "Charge for what you know, not what you do" - It take a long time to amass knowledge. The more knowledge you have the less time it will take you do to the job. Someone else doing the same job could take a lot longer to do it and do a worse job at that. This may be career spefic but you get the gist.
    2. "If you want something done ask a busy person" - it's be said above and is very accurate.
    3. "Don't be digging holes with shovels all your life" - like the second post of the thread, advise from the aul fella who did a "real" job all his life. Much missed and learned a hell of a lot more than that off him.
    4. "Don't sweat the small stuff" - you're usually in your mid thirties or older when you appreciate this

  • More applies to people setting up own businesses.

    'Don't take responsibility for other peoples lives or livelihoods'

    So someone likes say the creative side of advertising and set up as self employed, their own boss and pride in their work. Comes a point where too many clients and they take on someone else, then someone else. Before they realise it, there's now a heavy payroll to be met, employees with loans and lives to manage. They go from self employed and enjoying the creative thing they do to now endlessly chasing work and contracts to sustain the payroll... the other side of the equation.