Top Career Advice to Take Into the New Year

New Year Career Advice 2016

This year saw the introduction of one of CTP’s most popular series to date: the My 9 to 5 interviews. Over the past 12 months I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing so many inspiring, creative and talented women, who all had fascinating stories to share. I can’t wait to take this featured into the New Year, but until then I thought I’d round up some of the best snippets of career advice garnered so far. Follow them for a successful 2016…

Always Say Yes

“Go for everything. Always say yes. Always give it a go. Do things outside your comfort zone and say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. At the beginning of my career I used to get really nervous about doing the red carpet or interviewing celebrities, but the more you practise the easier it becomes.” – Jessica Vince, Digital Editor at Grazia Daily

Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

“I try not to look at what other people are doing. One of the main things I always say to my staff is, ‘we’re running our own race’. It’s so easy to get distracted by what other people are doing, but you shouldn’t look sideways. You just need to look forwards.” – Laura Turner, Boutique Owner

If You Don’t Ask You Don’t Get

“If you don’t ask you don’t get. People aren’t going to hand things to you on a plate, you’ve got to ask. And also always ask yourself questions. Like, ‘What could I being doing more of? How could I be achieving more?’ I think it’s important to constantly have little check-ins with yourself.” – Jessica Diner, Editorial Director at Birchbox UK

“I definitely try to work along the lines of ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’. Not in a pushy way, but if you don’t state what direction you want to go in to your mentors or your managers how are they going to know? They’re the people who can help you.” – Charlotte Wood, Makeup Artist

Never Stop Trying

“My mum once said to me, ‘you only fail when you stop trying’. And I think that’s so true. We all have such speedy mentalities these days, so if we want something we expect to see results fast. Some things might take longer than you first predicted, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to happen.” – Chloé Watts, Web Developer

Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight

“Believe in your vision, make sure you have a solid business plan and then stick to it! Or, if you’re not naturally business savvy, make sure you’ve got a team that can support you. Be prepared to work hard as success doesn’t magically happen overnight. And don’t underestimate the value of work experience – it’s where you learn the most.” – Lucy Choi, Footwear Designer

Focus On What Makes You Happy

“I know so many people who are super-successful but miserable in their jobs. They’ve just pursued a certain career thinking ‘this is what I should do’ rather than ‘this is what I want to do’. So figure out where your strengths and weaknesses lie and focus on what makes you happy. Don’t question things so much. If something is working well for you and you’re happy then just go with the flow. You never know where experiences can take you.” – Faya Nilsson, Fitness Blogger

Have you set yourself a goal for 2016? And which piece of career advice will you be looking to to stay motivated?

P.S. Catch up on the My 9 to 5 series here.

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  • Ella Pinto

    I only discovered you recently, so I didn’t know about the series but I’ll check them out as soon as I’m done with the comment.

    I agree with everything that’s been said, although, in this business, I think it’s a bit hard not to compare yourself to what others are doing as well. I’m only starting out, but it’s where I’m struggling the most. But then again, like it was mentioned, it takes times and I’ve always been interested in this so I decided to stop fighting myself and say yes.

    I still have alot to do, and alot to find out but I’m here to have fun and be happy. And I’ll never stop trying.

    This is a really important post with a really important message so thank you!
    Ella Pinto xx

    • cocos_tea_party

      I agree. It is hard not to compare yourself to others, but it never ends up being productive, does it? Haha.

      Always good to look at what others are doing to drive you forward and motivate you to work harder though. When did you start your blog?

      • Ella Pinto

        I do think it’s healthy to look up to others and be inspired by what they’re doing and wanting to be involved in such a good community. It’s what drove me to want to make a blog. And it makes me want to get better at what I do and makes me want to evolve.

        Technically, the end of October – I did my first blog post when I was really disappointed in something that happened to me in real life and needed to get it out of my chest. But oficially, in November. I only made the final decision that I wanted to invest in it then. November 6th if I’m not mistaken!

        Ella x