People Share The Worst Career Advice They Received And Some Did Not Age Well

Everyone has a different path in life. Some people want to fast track to the top of the paper towel manufacturing business while others want to enter a social media managing career. We’re all different so we should be taking everyone’s advice on how to move up the ladder with a grain of salt. A tiny Instagram photo of salt.

People are sharing the worst career advice they’ve ever been given and it will make you feel better about all the stuff people have told you when they were trying to help. The keyword is trying.

This Bad Advice Monica Lewinsky Got

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Photo Credit: @MonicaLewinsky / Twitter

So we all know what happened because every rap song since the incident name drops Monica Lewinsky. Seriously there’s over a hundred. But all of this would’ve never happened if it wasn’t for some bad career advice.

It definitely would’ve been great on her resume, but now she’s probably leaving a gap there in the workplace timeline. It’s not like everyone doesn’t already know where she is, right? This just goes to show you how bad some of this career advice is.

Female Engineer Apparently Works With Several Cookie Monsters

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Photo Credit: @etiennemarcelcl / Instagram

@RebeccaSlatkin tweets that she was told that, “If you want the all-male 60+ engineering team you’re joining to like you, bake cookies and bring them into work on your first day.” So shall we point out the obvious flaws in this logic or just dump this advice in the trash and move on?

Whoever gave her this tip was clearly getting coworker confused with grandmother to spoiled children. The key to your coworker’s hearts is doing your job well, not bribery with sweets. Unless she works with aging cookie monsters, then okay, maybe.

Marine Biologist Was Told He Wasn’t Smart Enough

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Photo Credit: @JohnFBruno / Twitter

People love to tell you what you won’t be as if they know anything about you or the job you’re capable of. So next time someone tells you that “you can’t park there” because the “space is too small for your truck,” park there anyway and offer to duct tape the fender of the car beside you back on after.

Guidance councilors sometimes really don’t know best – there’s no way to tell in high school what someone will be when they’re 30. Good for John for not letting a councilor stand between him and the ocean.

Perseverance Pays Off Even For Neurosurgeons

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Photo Credit: Valery Sharifulin / TASS / Getty Images

The medical field is hard to get into, but if you stick with it and keep trying and learning, then eventually you will yield results. Twitter user @AlexAlamri knows this all too well when he tweets that someone told him, “If you try to get into neurosurgery twice and you don’t get it, you’re probably not right for the specialty.”

Instead of letting that stop him, he tried again and “ranked 5th nationally on the third attempt.” This is such an inspiring story. Just maybe he shouldn’t bring it up to patients right before an operation.

The Sage Advice That Will Immediately Stop Your Upward Momentum

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Photo Credit: @Iberianite / Twitter

Nowadays, just showing up on time, sober, and with both feet in shoes is no longer what will land you a promotion. What gets you that coveted corner office is a foot in the door and a can-do attitude. Just make sure you stick your foot in on the day you remembered your shoes.

Whoever told “That guy” this advice has the patience of Job and is willing to be stuck at an entry-level position they don’t like for an eternity. That “eventually” holds the weight of an infinity stuck where you are on the corporate food chain.

Professional MLB Baseball Player Was Told To “Get A Job”

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Photo Credit: @sjohnson831 / Instagram

If you were on track to make millions of dollars doing what you’re doing and someone told you to get a “real job” would you? Probably not. If you’re involved with something shady though, maybe this is actually good advice and your opportunity to get out of the polo-shirt black market.

Professional baseball player Steve Johnson tweeted from his @SJohnson831 account that he was told to “get a real job.” Good thing he ignored this advice because he went onto play for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, and the Tacoma Rainiers.

All Work And No Play Makes You A Stressed Out Robot

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Photo Credit: @tracysreilly / Twitter

When we hate the job we’re in and need to leave, we often feel the pressure to have everything figured out before we hand in that resignation. But sometimes a break from the working world can be a great opportunity to destress and work on yourself. You know what Jack Nicholson says.

Twitter user @Tracysreilly decided to focus on herself when she ignored the advice that would’ve set her on a career path immediately. Life’s made up of more than just time spent working on the computer. You should play video games on there as well.

Sometimes The Worst Advice You Get Is From Yourself

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Photo Credit: @AbiWilks / Twitter

You can blame the world for your workplace insecurity, but sometimes the perp is actually yourself. We’re often our harshest and loudest critics. So next time you hear that voice in your head that’s full of negativity, go to the break room and remind yourself that you’re worth it and way more useful than that Dasani vending machine there.

Twitter user @EvanGore rings true when he tweets that “reading the comments, I don’t remember bad advice anyone else gave me, just a years-long inner monologue of self-criticism.” Yeah Evan, we feel that too.

You’re Never Too “Old” To Start Over

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Photo Credit: @christineminas / Twitter

We’ve all watched enough awkward grade 8 health class movies to know that people change. We’re all beautiful butterflies emerging from our cocoons constantly so we should be more accepting of people wanting to undergo a career change. Duh.

Clearly whoever told Christine this skipped health class. You show them Christine, show them they don’t know anything about career transitions or basic human anatomy. Both are equally as embarrassing to admit online and in person.

She Shouldn’t Stress Out About School And A Career Because She’s A Woman

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Photo Credit: Mohammed Abed / AFP / Getty Images

There are still sexist people out there whose only concept of a woman is one washing dishes in the kitchen for all eternity. Do they even realize how unrealistic that is? Her hands would get so wrinkled that she wouldn’t even be able to hold the sponge after a while.

Twitter user @EmmaSengsta encountered one of these people who told her “you don’t need to study at university, you are marrying anyway.” That’s just clearly so wrong. Maybe someone should send this person a calendar to remind them what year it is.

A Senior Editor Told Her Not To Do Anything “Too Interesting”

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Photo Credit: @GailSimone / Twitter

The kind of content we all look for on the internet is the stuff that isn’t too engaging, pretty neutral, and a repeat of hundreds of other things that we’ve seen before. Our screens should be a constant parade of grey and beige, duh.

This advice is especially weird if she’s a comic book artist. What kind of an editor wants the creative staff they hired for their creative talent because of their creativity to pump out boring stuff? No wonder Marvel is cleaning up in the box office right now.

This Career Advice Is A Great Way To Get The Answering Machine

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Photo Credit: @lilgodbless / Twitter

Twitter user @LarissaFae says that she was told to “call the temp agency every single day.” The result of this phone line harassment? She says she “got essentially blacklisted by that temp agency.” So, now’s not a good time and she should call back later?

This old-fashioned advice is a good way to get your foot in the door by getting your face and phone number on a wall the in breakroom under “don’t pick up.” So yeah, if you were looking to show potential employers you can’t follow instructions then ring in.

Sometimes It’s Time To Move On

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Photo Credit: @AlexMaresGarcia / Twitter

Just because something’s been good to you for so long doesn’t mean that you’re obligated to stick with it in the future. Sometimes a good job is only a temporary job. Just look at Santa – he probably works as a financial consultant for the other 11 months and enjoys it.

It’s not so much letting something go as embracing other, more meaningful things for this moment in your life. Getting caught up with keeping the good stuff around is how people end up with houses filled with stuffed animals. Just let it go if it’s time.

Ladies, Don’t Let Men Drag You Or Your Career Down

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Photo Credit: @ortistkira / Twitter

Twitter user @AshleyNSantos encountered some good old fashioned sexism when someone told her, “don’t be so ambitious. When you’re so career-focused guys will see you as a threat, and won’t see you being open to marriage and a family.”

Now there are way too many things wrong with this statement to fully and accurately address, but a reply from @autumnsantos perfectly sums up all the feelings we’re having. She tweets, “this is actually a really good way to weed out insecure boys so you don’t have to waste your time.” Preach girl.

Coworkers Are Friends Not Career Food

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Photo Credit: @DushkaAmateur / Twitter

If you watch Wolf of Wall Street too many times, you might start admiring the business obsession that the actors had and want that for yourself. But you have to remember that this is a movie. Where they did a lot of 18+ stuff. This person clearly needs a reminder of the real world.

Who would tell this to anyone? Your coworkers are people you’re going to be seeing every single day so you might as well at least try and be friends with them. Seriously, coworkers make a workplace fun. Has this person ever seen The Office?

Doctors Shouldn’t Be Pressured Either

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Photo Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko / TASS / Getty Images

Even doctors have to put up with their fair share of 2-cents that they brush off to continue to live how they want. MD and Twitter user @d_golden tweets his experience with bad unsolicited advice. “Me: I’ve decided not to do this medical specialty. Advisor: If you don’t apply this year you’ll have a harder time getting in next year.”

Instead of listening to him, his advisor pressed on to which he says, “Me: I’m. Not. Doing. This. Specialty. But thanks for the advice.” Hopefully, they had this tense confrontation away from the scalpels.

Apparently You Can’t Have It All

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Photo Credit: @RaqWinchester / Twitter

We’re all used to making choices. Every morning we choose which pant leg to stumble into 2nd, which foot to stub into the coffee table, and what time to have our mid-afternoon breakdown. What we shouldn’t have to choose between is our family and our career. Now be right back, it’s 3:27 and I feel a good cry coming on.

Family is always a solid option. Seeing as they birthed, reared, supported, and continue to support you, family is a very solid choice. Sure, it’s not the one this person would’ve made, but they’ll be eating personal pizzas alone forever.

Get A Leg Up On The Interviewer By Becoming The Interviewer

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Photo Credit: @ASAPCoghlan / Twitter

Twitter user @_Pete__Smith writes that the worst career advice he ever received was the tip to “try to interview the person interviewing you.” This is solid advice if you want to make your presence known as well as not get a job.

The only person who this tactic helps is the one who has no schedule and wants the interview to last insanely long. Coincidentally, that person isn’t the one who has a job who’s interviewing you. A safe bet is to just act like a normal human being in interviews.

It’s Sometimes A Whole Career’s Worth Of Bad Advice

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Photo Credit: @zoecello / Twitter

There’s a trend in creative fields where everyone thinks they can do it so they feel like they can offer their 2 cents on everything you do. Well, Carol, we don’t see you playing the xylophone with your feet like us so maybe don’t tell the band to “play more folky stuff.”

Good thing @zoecello didn’t listen to these disrespectful critics and continued her path to becoming a widely successful musician. Her story just shows you that half the part of getting bad advice is playing the cello loud enough to drown it out.

Just Got To Power Through The Haters

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Photo Credit: Nikos Pekiaridis / SOPA Images / LightRocket / Getty Images

Everyone thinks they can become a writer and that all you have to do is put pen to paper. What people don’t realize is that it takes hard work and the ability to power through all kinds of writer’s block. Talent helps, but perseverance is just as important.

@honey_child “When I was told I did not have the talent to be a writer. I have published one book, I am about to publish two more, and I wrote three episodes for TV. WHAT’S GOOD, DUDE.” Turns out that even if one person doesn’t think you have talent, there are plenty of others who will publish your book or let you write fro their tv show.