There is no exact science for how one should approach his/her career. But one thing is for sure — whether you are just starting out or already have an established path, advice is crucial to career growth and success. And, according to a recent article in Business Insider, that advice can come in many forms — from anywhere and everywhere.
Below we’ve highlighted some of the key points from the article that are particularly relevant to cancer survivors trying to balance their diagnosis/treatment/recovery and their job.
1. Always be building your brain trust. Your brain trust is the group of people you can go to when you have questions or need guidance. This network is going to be critical for anyone who finds themselves looking for a new job post-cancer, as you’ll want to tap these individuals for advice, information about different types of jobs/industries and potential new contacts you can reach out to. It’s important to continue to cultivate this valuable pool of smart, connected, helpful individuals, even when you’re happy at your current job.
2. Work smarter, not harder. Know your boundaries and don’t be afraid to say no. This is incredibly important for anyone who is re-entering the workforce following treatment — particularly those who are still experiencing side effects. In order to be successful at work, you need to be realistic about what you can and can’t do and also consider whether requesting a reasonable accommodation might make things more manageable and enable you to work more effectively and efficiently.
3. Don’t give up. This is, by far, is the most important advice anyone can give you. Things may be very different following a cancer diagnosis/treatment, but there is so much you can accomplish if and when you feel ready to get back to work. Determination and confidence are key, as well as taking advantage of the many resources that are available to support you along the way, including all that Cancer and Careers has to offer.
To start, explore our website for free information on working through treatment, returning to work, legal & financial issues, job-hunting and more, plus practical tips & tools, webinars, publications and more.
To read the entire Business Insider article, “11 Career Experts Share the Best Job Advice They’ve Ever Received,” click here.