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What’s The Best Career Advice You Ever Received?

21 July, 2016

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brooke headshotPost by Brooke Strother, CEBer since 2015
As many know, one’s career can be filled to the brim with well-meaning advice. It’s often hard to differentiate between advice, constructive feedback, or even criticism. As a recent college graduate, navigating the corporate landscape can be daunting when surrounded by experienced, articulate professionals. Thankfully, at CEB we work in an environment where talent of any skill level is valued and developed by peers, managers, and senior leaders.

I was lucky enough to talk to four colleagues across the globe about career advice they’ve received that stands out. Here’s what they had to say.

eric bibeauEric, Business Development Director, Toronto
“Trust Your Instincts”
Eric clearly remembers a situation where passion and his member relationship landed him a long-term deal that lasts to this day. In this situation, he received feedback on how to advise his member that conflicted with his own personal understanding of the client and their needs. He made the tough decision to trust his knowledge with the member. In the end, his confidence in the sales process and his client connection proved successful.


rob hurstRob, Account Director, Thames-Ditton
“Ask Questions”
Rob related that while there was not any one piece of advice that was given to him, he observed the behaviors and characteristics of people he admired. He was able to reflect on the management and styles of his mentors and implement those into his career. “Treating people as you would like to be treated can go a long way,” he said.


simSimaran, HR Generalist, Gurgaon 
“People Care”
Simaran stressed the importance of mentorship, whichever side of that relationship you may fall on. Being able to run with feedback and advice, knowing that it is usually coming from a good place can make all the difference. Sometimes it’s tough love, but it’s important to understand that strong feedback will ultimately help you grow.

cherry tsangCherry, HR Generalist, Hong Kong
“Stay Humble”
Early in her career, Cherry wanted to do everything her own way, in her words, “she thought she know it all.” Until one manager impressed upon her, “Don’t assume you know everything, you have to ask.” This still impacts her to this day. No matter what stage in your career you are at, there is always room to learn and grow.

Repeat After Me…

“I think I can, I think I can.” That was the biggest thing I took away from chatting with my four colleagues. I’ve learned that most advice given throughout your career can lead to positive growth. It’s okay to make mistakes-everyone does; it’s what you do moving forward that makes all the difference.



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