Career Myths You Must Ignore

March 21, 2014

Career Advice

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In any aspect of your life, if you set the standard too high you will be disappointed. But sometimes the standard you have envisioned is not a reality. We’re here to beat down some career myths that may be making you unhappy and may be preventing you from reaching your full career potential. Listen up — especially if you are a young professional or a soon-to-be college graduate who’s just embarked on your job search.

Career Myth #1: My dream job is out there waiting for me. I just have to find it.
“Dream job” is a relative term. You may land the title you’ve been dreaming of, but it won’t feel like a dream if the hours are long, the pay is terrible, and your coworkers are mean. There’s a lot to consider when searching for a job. What will you be doing on a daily basis? What is the commute like? What are the benefits? Here are some questions to ask yourself before you start out on your job search.

Career Myth #2: As long as it pays enough, I’ll be happy.
Salary can affect your happiness. But studies have shown that “happiness” caps off at $50,000.  In short, our happiness is not determined by our income level. It’s determined by other factors like finding purpose in each day, forming healthy relationships, and living a healthy lifestyle. So don’t say “yes” just because the salary is through the roof and don’t turn down a great opportunity just because the number is a bit lower than you hoped for.

Career Myth 3#: My family says I should take this job. They’re probably right.
If you’re in the market for a job and there’s an offer on the table, most people will probably tell you to take it. Walking away is a risk. However, you’re the only person who knows whether or not you’ll be satisfied in a certain position. Make career decisions based on your beliefs and take any advice with a grain of salt. It’s your career, and only you are in charge of your success.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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