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I know they mean well, but my family and friends can give me career advice that honestly feels very condescending. I think, in general, we should probably all refrain from giving advice on something we haven’t personally experienced. It is always so easy for an outsider to pick out the one small thing someone does wrong. It always seems so obvious to someone who is not in the trenches to see that just one thing someone should do differently. And, while friends and family may think they are being helpful, sometimes it can feel like by giving me advice, they are disregarding all of the hard work I have done. Here is career advice from friends and family that can feel condescending.


You should call this person. She does the same thing.

Sometimes my parents will suggest that I call someone for advice who does the exact same thing that I do. Just because we have the same job, they assume the other person can give me advice. But that person is not my superior. They are not ahead of me in my industry. So the heavy suggestion here is they are just better at what we both do.

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