5 Things You Don't Need To Do For Your Career

05 April

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Work more than your contracted hours

Being completely honest, in a lot of salaried jobs there will be times when you have important deadlines and you have to come in an hour early or stay later than you usually would. That's just part of professional life.

But consistently having to work late is a sign that you're being given a bigger workload than you can handle. You have contracted hours for a reason, you should be able to complete all of your assigned tasks within them.

Also, rather than making you look super committed to your job, working extra hours on the reg suggests that you're not the best at prioritising your work.

Work through your breaks

First things first: legally, you are entitled to at least a fifteen minute break if you work a six hour or more shift. I hate the unspoken expectation that you aren't really supposed to take a full lunch break if you're in an office job. Just no. Your lunch hour is your time, and in most jobs you won't be getting paid for it.

Having a proper break, preferably away from a screen (although admittedly I tend to stay at my computer and scroll through Bloglovin while I eat) is actually quite important to productivity, as it will refresh you and give you a new perspective on that spreadsheet you've been stuck on for the past hour.

Abandon your social life

In a similar vein to my points above, you shouldn't have to, or be expected to give up your hobbies for your job.

It sounds ridiculous, but I know a few people whose managers have implied that when they couldn't work late because they had plans to see friends/go to the gym/cuddle their dog, they weren't fully committed to their career.

You should never be made to feel like you aren't entitled to a life outside of work.

Keep to the path you thought you wanted

There's no rule to say that just because you've wanted to be a doctor your whole life, you can't decide at 25 that you want to be a goat herder instead. You are allowed to change your mind.

For example, I studied English at university, but now I'm training to be an accountant. They're pretty much opposite subjects, but after doing some accounting at my graduate job, I really enjoyed it and decided to look into accountancy courses.

Don't stay on the path you chose if it doesn't make you happy.

Stay in a job you hate

No job is worth being miserable over. Obviously I'm not saying quit your job on a whim because you have one bad day, but everything will sort itself out and it won't be the end of the world.

Work to live, don't live to work.

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