Parental Advice That Fails in the Job Market
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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We all love our parents. Well, at least most of us. And they often serve as our early mentors, offering nuggets of wisdom on everything from school decisions to love affairs to career moves. But, some of that golden advice can serve to be more of a hindrance than a catalyst for success.

Brazen Careerist writer Ben Drakes talks about a key piece of advice that parents often give about letting our work speak for itself. When it comes to getting that promotion, this advice can work against—not for—a promising millennial professional.

“Parents are awesome. They raised you, fed and clothed you, maybe even let you get away with a thing or two along the way,” Drakes writes. “But if you’re going to take their career advice, you might as well hand Jimmy-next-door the promotion yourself. Sure, a strong work ethic and willingness to do the dirty work that no one else wants are a solid foundation. It’s just not enough.

You don’t have to be a Darwinist to realize the workplace is competitive. Because of that, the biggest mistake you can make is to assume someone else is looking out for your career. Your boss may be a good dude, but no one cares about your career as much as you.

And Jimmy can barely tie his shoes, but you know what he can do? Schmooze.”

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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