New School: Where Smart People Look for Career Advice, Today

New School: Where Smart People Look for Career Advice, Today

When you are at a turning point in your career or are struggling at work, you may want to seek out some career advice. The old-school way meant turning to mentors, coworkers or the career section of a local bookstore. And while these are still great resources (we can't possibly oversell the power of a well-connected mentor who's generous with their time), today, there are plenty more unexpected places to find advice that the generation before you might typically overlook. Don't miss out on these gold mines of information and guidance...

Social Media

If you could pick anyone in the entire world to be your mentor, who would it be? You might never meet them IRL, but that doesn't mean you can't still soak up their wisdom. Scope out your fantasy mentor's profiles on some of the major social networks and hit follow if you see they're using their platform to dole out career advice. You can always try to leave a question in the comments or shoot them a direct message if you have a one-on-one question that they might help you answer.

Podcasts

Podcasts are the entertainment choice du jour and for good reason. With everyone leading increasingly busy lives, podcasts are the perfect way to squeeze in some entertainment on the go. Everyone and their mother has a podcast these days, so try out a few episodes from podcasts in your industry until you find one (or three) that is inspiring, has interesting guests or gives the best advice.

Blogs

If you are looking for specific advice and don't have a desire to read hundreds of pages in a career book, start bookmarking some blogs. There are countless blogs dedicated to career advice, many with certain industries or jobs in mind. Career Contessa and The Muse are popular career sites, but don't forget to check the career sections of your favorite lifestyle blogs, too.

Events

While it is convenient that so much career guidance is available from the comforts of our own couch, some of the best advice can only be found if you go out and look for it. A quick search on Google or Facebook for "your city" + "your industry" + "networking" will likely yield a list of events you can attend to rub elbows with your peers—and potentially, that unicorn mentor.

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