As a mentor, the advice I give the most is: There is no such thing as "job security." There is only "market security." This is an absolute statement and the world is much grayer, but I am usually trying to wake up people that are RIP or ROAD.Having just read the "Tell us about yourself" thread in 'Andy's Fashion Forum', I'm amazed at the range of occupations there are on the site, and felt like some of this knowledge should be tapped for the young member of AAAC forums who are thinking about potential careers.
What sort of advice would you give to people chosing their career, or yourself if you got to chose all over again?
How important do you think your degree choice was in your career? Should I just chose something I enjoy and go for it, or should I think about my career choices first?
Most people are "good at something", but fail to acquire skills and credentials that keep them marketable; either as an employee or a business. They incorrectly focus on "getting and keeping their job."
I was watching Jamie Dimon CEO of JPM Chase speak just today and he said the top talent always finds good paying jobs.
Along the same thought path, don't think about getting your "degree" think about "credentials."
Following the "get degree, get job, punch clock 9-5" roadmap can work, but it leaves you on the tail end of the dog sometimes.
Lastly, before taking career advice from someone look at them critically and ask "is this person really fulfilled."
I made my own way pretty much, but I ended up with client relationships with two really neat, older, successful businessmen - guys that live life to the absolute fullest. They both made money and they really know how to use it for good - to make their lives and the lives of others better. When I really need advice they're the ones I ask for it.
Here's an anecdote I share that one gave me: "Nothing looks better in the driveway than a Ferrari, but nothing feels better coming out of a turn than a Porsche." This man had owned several of each. Who but a man that had owned multiple of each could tell you that and you could rely on his advice? Take business and career advice the same way.
Find a good mentor.