Experts Give Tips to Success

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Mar 29, 2012 in , , | No Comments


Giving advice they wish someone had given them…

Five professionals gave the following advice to college students and those starting their careers.

Follow the (Right) Leader:

“Avoid letting others’ expectations overly influence your choices. Parents, friends, and significant others may not fully grasp the career path you envision for yourself. Use someone within your desired field who understands and shares your vision as a model.” -David Russell, Ph.D.

Don’t Go it Alone:

“Seek out mentors and colleagues who will support you on your journey–and learn from them. We each have to forge our own path, but finding a way is easier if we can benefit from others’ experiences.” -Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D.

Push Yourself:

“Take the challenging path rather than the easy one. You’ll find it more personally rewarding.” -Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.

Learn to Discern:

“Once you’re coasting along your career path, resist taking on jobs or assignments just because you’re asked to. You’ll get much further in life, and you’ll never be bored.” -Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.

Have a Plan B:

“Keep your options open. Pursue the career path you want, but have an alternative that also satisfies you. Can’t get into a clinical psych program? Volunteer as a phone counselor while earning a living in a different job. Don’t give up your passion if you can’t make it your career. Down the track, anything can happen.” -Jenni Ogden, Ph.D.


*Information from “The Long Road: Even Experts Have to Start Somewhere”, Psychology Today.



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