Unpopular opinion coming through: Just because one has bucket loads of experience doesn't mean we should give them the license to dish out career advice.
Let me explain this with a "Prison Break" analogy.
In this TV series, Michael Scofield voluntarily commits a felony to get arrested to get placed in the same penitentiary as his brother, who was wrongly convicted of killing a high official. Michael, being the original structural engineer of the facility, devises an elaborate plan to use his knowledge of the place to break out with his brother and a number of other cellmates.
Now, assume Michael makes it out.
15 years later in a dusty town in Mexico, somebody seeks him out with a similar situation. They want him to share his playbook of breaking out of the jail.
Even with Michael's photographic memory, here's why his advice may not work out:
Catch my drift?
Seasoned professionals can certainly share their journey. They can highlight what the career demands, what traits work well, how you can grow in your skills set.
But then there are other questions that job seekers ask: What offers should I take up or reject? Should I transit my career line? What certification or course should I take up to get this job? Should I go for my MBA or pick up this startup role? Should I launch my own business OR stick with this desk job?
So, when it comes to such career advice, there are two types of approaches:
Naturally, you'll find very few who qualify for Type 2. I don't think I personally fall in that category either.
Thus, one has to be careful when seeking career advice from someone who is accomplished.
Seek out the Type 2 advisors OR solicit help from people who are meant for this: Career Coaches & Counsellors.
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