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Common Career Misconceptions

Apr 1, 2008
1. Only qualified people get good jobs: This is not completely true, and is one big misconception. The most qualified people do not always get the best jobs. You will find so many less qualified people holding up the best jobs in the best companies. This is because they have the experience and they know how to network their skills. Think about this, a good resume is not what is going to get you a job; it will only get you an interview. What you bring with you at the time of the interview is what will get you a job.
2. The best college and grades is what gets people the best jobs: No, this is not true at all. You will find so many people who haven't got the perfect 4.0 GPA score doing the best jobs, and are yet holding the most enviable positions in fortune 500 companies. This is because of their other skills or experience. This does not mean that a high school drop out can be the CEO of a big company. A combination of an average score with good experience and leadership qualities is what matters most.

3. The first job out of college is the one you should stick to: No, you do not need to hang on to the first job you land right after graduating college. This is not the generation where people hold on to their first jobs for more than 10 years. A job change every 5 years is not considered job-hopping, but is considered the smart way to move up the corporate ladder. It will help you gain experience and skills to get to the top.

4. Be sure of what you want to do before you go to a campus career counselor: The reason why they have campus career counselors or centers is to help people decide what they want to do career-wise. These counselors will help you with career goals and help direct you in the right direction for your career.

5. The people who know me best, my family and friends will help me with my career: Remember that the career you choose is something you want to do, not something parents or friends want to do. They can never think for you, and you should never let them. If you are confused about your career choice, then meet with a career counselor who is trained appropriately to guide you.

6. A resume in school is not needed: You should start working on your resume in high school. This is so that you can understand and analyze what you need to do and what experience you need to gain to make your resume as impressive as it can be.

Understanding these common career misconceptions can be they key to success in your career, today and beyond.
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Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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