7 Career Stereotypes We Need to Stop Believing

Updated on April 24, 2020
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Eva Wislow is a career coach and entrepreneur from Pittsburgh. She helps people discover their true calling.

The academic cycle ends the moment you decide that you’re ready to work. That can be after high-school, college, and university, yet most students prefer to start working after they finish college.

Unfortunately, I’d say that most of the individuals who must choose their workplace anytime soon, will encounter difficulties in choice due to several reasons: the job activity, the pay, the growth opportunities, the expectations, the responsibility, the team, and so on.

Well, the student basically has to make a decision which is based on his current perception and understanding of how the marketplace or the workplace works.

You see…doing that is almost impossible for someone whose work experience is slim or non-existent. Therefore, most college students become attached to different ugly stereotypes that concern different aspects that millennials mostly encounter at work.

To make the right decision with your career, you need to acknowledge and replace your current stereotypes. Don’t forget about the wrong and negative beliefs—they’re something else yet super important too!

1. “Once I Finish My Academic Studies, I Can Make a Lot of Money”

Most college students begin their careers with their left foot, meaning that their entire mentality and reasons for working are entirely wrong.

Doing something that you don’t enjoy is surely going to make you unhappy, unmotivated, uninspired, and so on. It’ll suck the life out of you, and when it does, you’ll eventually wonder:

“How did I choose this in the first place?”

Well, if you go for the money, you get what you ask for. However, money is currency. Yes, you can buy stuff with it and improve your life in different ways but if you have to pay half of your life for it (half of the day, almost every day) at work, where’s the time to enjoy the rest?

Don’t start your work with the mindset of “making big money." Always choose passion over money because when you work with passion, you no longer work at all!

2. “I Will Take Care of It Tomorrow”

Don’t take care of things tomorrow or you may not take care of them at all. There are so many procrastinations in this world, and the world could do so well without so many!

As Hannah Sartain, Career advisor at ResumesPlanet, explains:

“When you work, you should do it because you want to not because you have to. When there’s that “effort” that “I have to," then all your thoughts, emotions, and ultimately actions will be delayed. Choose a workplace that you enjoy, an activity that you can do without pain, and start noticing the difference in choice between “doing stuff” today or tomorrow.”

3. Talented Employees Can Work Less

Talent is a respected factor in today’s marketplace. Talent is different from skills because it's a “natural gift." Many employees that become important to their companies suddenly fall under the impression that they no longer have to do their 100% because they’re important anyway.

And so their behavior degrades along with their chances of promotion. Don’t fall into this stereotype even though you may be the best on the team!

4. “I Shouldn’t Speak Unless I’m Asked”

Another common workplace stereotype refers to the aspect of “to ask or not to ask”. During school, high-school, and college, you are constantly being encouraged to follow orders (assignments, essays, tasks). Theoretically, every student has the right to speak up his mind in the class, no matter the perceptions and conceptions of the teacher.

Yet, many educators fail to provide students with enough free will, therefore the students become followers. If you enter the workplace as a follower, you will be unable to address the proper questions and suggest the right solutions. Why? Because you’re never got used to it!

5. “If Someone Criticizes Me, I’m Going to Fight Back”

If your boss tells you that you did something wrong, don’t you get offended! He must have his reasons, personal or professional. Now—every time you hear a critique, you should stop right that second and reflect on what you hear.

You shouldn’t directly respond. Take in what you’re being told, process it through your own reasoning and intuition, and respond in the appropriate way.

The best thing you can do is take the good out of every feedback. But to take the good out of something means not to repeat the same mistakes again!

6. “If I Treat My Boss Very Well, I May Be Promoted”

Promotions are attributed to those who truly deserve it. At least, that’s what a promotion is supposed to be.

You have to earn it. Your knowledge, your skills, your experience, your time in the company, your growth—these are all factors that can and will influence your promotion chances/paycheck increase.

However, you can’t expect to lick your bosses’ ass and advance through that way. It’s not the right thing to do, nobody will appreciate you, you won’t appreciate you, and therefore you should never do it!

7. Live to Work or Work to Live

The millennial generation tends to live to work instead of working to live. That’s pretty wrong because a human’s life is not about putting all the time, energy, and attention into “office-related” stuff.

Obviously, if you plan to start your own business, a big mission, or something that you truly care about, then it doesn’t really matter how much you “work” because that “work” is simply playing.

On the other hand, if you are (or you’re going to be) an employee, ensure that you focus on other things aside from work. Spend time with yourself, with your family, learn new things, read new books, and travel the world as much as you can. Don’t let that office limit your life forever!


Stereotypes are always hurting and damaging the overall quality of our understanding. If we let them prevail, our notions, principles, and concepts about life will lack consistency and prominence. Whenever you hear something that doesn’t resonate with your ear, start assessing it.

Put it through a filter and sort that information out. If you’re not sure, don’t hesitate to take a few minutes to enlighten yourself. However, if you continue to be gullible and believe the worst ideas and ideologies that come from society, you’ll be in trouble for a long time.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2018 Eva Wislow


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