In our April 2018 issue, currently on shelf, our @Work feature focuses on ‘The best career advice you’ve NEVER heard’, where successful individuals – from Arianna Huffington and Indra Nooyi to Richard Branson – dish out nuggets of advice and inspiration to assist you on your career journey.

We got some of the MC team to weigh in and share the best career advice they’ve ever heard…

Afika Jadezweni, online content producer:
‘You won’t always get it right the first time, but you just have to keep moving and doing your best. Occupy the space and remember that you are just as worthy of being there as the other people sitting around that boardroom table. Selling yourself short will only delay your progress.’

Edwain Steenkamp, features writer:
‘Be patient. Accept where you are right now and allow time for your career to grow. If you try to grow too quickly you will build a rickety foundation that will eventually collapse.’

Jade Taylor Cooke, freelance copy editor:
‘The world will not fall apart if you take a 15-minute break. I spent a good few years of my life chained to my desk and computer. I thought that’s what my job and my team required of me, but really, those chains were mental. Sure, we were on insane deadlines and had a Sisyphean print schedule, but did that mean I couldn’t step away from my desk for 15 minutes to refuel and refresh? I thought it did. Then, one of the freelancers I used to hire to help with the company’s ever-mounting workload changed my perspective. She’d insist we took a coffee break every morning, popping downstairs to the little sidewalk cafe to sit in a different environment and talk about something other than work for a while. I often found this an annoyance – didn’t she understand that the world would stop turning if I looked away from my screen? Of course, at about 30 years my senior, she knew better, and I’d come back from those breaks more alert and better able to tackle my tasks. She taught me that it’s okay to be dedicated to your career, but that unless you come up for air once in a while, you miss out on life. A few years after that, she succumbed to cancer – a real heartbreak for all of us who knew her. Today, I try to honour her memory by not allowing my youth and health to pass me by in a flurry of deadlines.’

Lynette Botha, deputy editor:
‘I can’t remember where I first heard or read the following – work hard and be kind to people – but it has been my mantra throughout life and my career. You don’t need to be a bitch, you don’t need to shout and scream and be condescending to get the job done or get your point across. Just work hard and be a nice, decent human being. Another clichéd tidbit that I live by is: fake it until you make it. As the very wise and successful Richard Branson succinctly put it, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” Touché.’

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