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via Forbes: No matter what stage you are in your career, words of advice can always take you further. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by mentors and friends who have my best professional interests at heart, and have shared their wonderful knowledge with me. Listening to their stories and being receptive to their advice continue to guide me and help me reach new milestones.

Below are just a few of the best words of advice I’ve ever received:

“Some rejections are blessings in disguise.”

In other words, when a door closes, another one opens. This advice came to me at a very crucial time of my life, when I was deep in the job hunt after graduation. I had received an amazing offer from the first company I interviewed at, but it was quickly withdrawn due to a “financial miscalculation.” It was a bitter pill to swallow. I started doubting myself, thinking I’d done something that caused this rejection.

This sort of self-doubting period went on until my mentor took me out to coffee and made me realize that I couldn’t have been the reason it’d happened. Our conversation left me hopeful, and soon after, I began sending applications again. I was more confident this time around, believing that I had been protected from a possibly unhappy situation.

“If opportunities don’t come your way, create them.”

It took me about a year and a half to land a good job after graduation. It was a time of intense networking and cover letter writing. I was attending every career-focused event that I came across and applying to every position my new connections would refer me to. Still, my leads did not turn into job offers. I was starting to get discouraged when one of the panelists at a networking event gave a talk that spoke to me.

She said, “When opportunities don’t come your way, create them.” She went on to explain how in this age of the internet, we have all the resources and tools available to own something. Whether it be a blog or a photography course, she explains that technology gives us a variety of outlets to impress employers with our skills. Shortly after, I decided to launch my blog, documenting the ups and downs of my post-college journey. I stayed consistent with it for a year, and surely enough, it led to my first freelance writing opportunities. Within six months of blogging, I was hired as a full-time freelance writer and content marketer.

“You decide what to charge.”

Hearing this was a game changer for my career, and was particularly relevant when I was a full-time freelancer. I learned to value my time and work, and to not limit myself to industry rates. This advice had such a big impact on my freelance journey that within five months, I went from having five low-pay ing clients to two high-paying employers, by renegotiating my rates. It takes a level of confidence to walk away from clients, but being clear on your worth, and not compromising it only saves you for better opportunities and people who are willing to invest in you.

You will receive career advice all your life, but ultimately, what you do with it is what matters most. Taking action is the best way to create changes, and I’m glad I did at the time when these pieces of advice came to me. I hope they will be useful to you too!


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