Career mistakes that can ruin your prospects.

Career mistakes that can ruin your prospects.


Your career is important. It’s a fact. After all, we spend a third of our days at work.
For some, their career is vital to not just their finances, but also their identity and well being too. With that in mind, it’s essential that you do everything you can to safeguard and nurture your career.
Beware of these career mistakes that can ruin your prospects.


Do not ignore training opportunities.


A grave mistake that you can make in your career is to pass over opportunities to get valuable training and qualifications. Opportunities that can not only make you better at your job but increase your employability in your next position as well.

Of course, some folks believe that experience always trumps qualifications, but there is a way that you can get both and continue to work, all at the same time.

In fact, if you take a course like the cipd qualification by you will be working with a company that offers training opportunities as well as work placements. Something, if you choose to make use of the opportunity, will allow you to get the best of both worlds, and build an incredibly strong CV.


Take your career seriously.


Work is just work, right? Well, this mantra can help when you are having a bad day, but to be truly successful you need to have a responsible and dedicated approach to your job.

What does this look like in practice? Well, it means getting the basics right like showing up early, dressing smart and in line with the dress code, something you can read about at Also don’t forget to show positive qualities such as being as flexible in terms of the tasks you can complete as possible.


Do not allow your personal life to affect your work.


A major mistake that many talented people allow to affect their career adversely is when their personal lives to infringe on their performance at work.

Yes, of course, it is difficult to switch off your emotions if you have problems at home, such as a sick parent, a bullied child, or a relationship problem with you. However, no one at work wants to hear you go on about these for 8 hours a day, even if they are your best friends.

To that end, try not to allow you emotional baggage to enter the workplace as you may end up getting a negative reputation, despite being a hard worker.


Do not stay in a job you hate for too long.


Last, of all, a big mistake that can ruin your career is staying in a job that sucks the life out of you for too long. Now, I’m not saying that you should jump around from post to post every six months, as this can give the wrong impression.

However, if you wake up every morning praying for your job to change, or a miracle that means you don’t have to go in today, it’s probably not the right post for you anymore and it’s time for a new one.

Of course, staying in such a post can drain you, and strip you of all you drive and motivation, qualities that would allow you to succeed in another post. Therefore, if you hate your job and have done for a while, it’s a good idea to change things up. Otherwise, you risk ruining your long-term career prospects.


Published by Christine Blythe

Christine is the owner and author for her three blogs: Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, and Top Web Blog Tips. Periodically, if a post topic is appropriate to either of her other blogs, they will be published as a guest post by CJB.