Five Aussie creatives on the best career advice they’ve received

Shared words of wisdom.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I’ve learned, everyone likes to give advice. Whether it’s your mother, aunt, boss, or the random guy at the mall, everyone has pearls of wisdom to offer.

But sometimes people’s advice really sticks, like those corny anonymous Tumblr quotes you knew by heart at 14. Many of us rely on guidance to guide us through tricky situations and difficult decision-making, and when it comes to our careers, these words of wisdom can act as a guiding mantra.


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Curious to hear (and hopefully learn) what others have said, I asked some of my favorite Australian creatives to reveal the best career advice they’ve received. to be the most authentic version of yourself doing what you love, there is a lot to be gained from the wealth of knowledge they have accumulated.

Maxine Wylde, Content Creator

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

When you feel lost, come back to who you are, your foundations, your essence, your beliefs and reflect on whether or not your path and actions are aligned with these things.

Who gave it to you?

A mentor at a previous job, I worked in the music industry. I feel like even though it was a different industry than the one I’m in now, the essence of it applies to all of our lives.

How has this helped you?

It helped me realize at times when things seemed to be crumbling or going a bit south, that it was most likely something that wasn’t 100% aligned with who I am. It helped me realize that it probably wasn’t meant for me and [know that] those things that are destined for me will always find their way to me. Keeping this advice in mind helps me find peace in the way things are going in my life and to believe that as long as I am aligned with my true self, I will always be on the right track.

Any other remarks?

I found that when I stopped trying to be what I thought people wanted me to be, I found true success and happiness. You have a unique perspective, experiences and thoughts that no one else can offer – embrace it and share it with the world.

@_mmaxinewylde

Hana Hong, Independent Content Specialist

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Find a job you enjoy.

Who gave it to you?

My visa officer. When I arrived in Australia I was really stressed about my visa and was thinking of changing careers to education or [becoming] a chef to get a visa easily. Honestly, I didn’t want to do this but there was no way to get a visa with the job I did.

The visa officer knew it was not good for me. She told me to do what I like instead of doing something I don’t like just for a visa. That way, even if I change my mind to go back to Korea, at least I wouldn’t think I wasted my time here.

How has this helped you?

It gave me a lot of new opportunities. If I had decided to do something that I didn’t like, I wouldn’t have been passionate and [I wouldn’t be] also very well. But because I do what I love, I have become better at what I do and that has [led to] so many new opportunities – working with [my] favorite brands, featured in [my] favorite fashion magazine, meeting interesting people, etc.

Any other remarks?

Finding a job you love is the first thing. But the second most important thing to consider is whether you are good at it or not. Doing something you love but are not good at is a hobby. To make a career out of something you love, you’ll need to improve your skills and be really good at it.

@_youngmadame_

Gemma Lyndon, founder of Raie Eyewear

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

The best career advice I received was [to] love doing what you love and the money will follow.

Who gave it to you?

My old boss gave me this advice.

How has this helped you?

It helped me, like if you put all your creative energy and passion into doing something you really love (eg design and marketing), customers see that as an end product and that, in turn , creates sales. Letting your brand and your style shine through your products rather than following trends really makes a difference. [that] people are willing to pay.

@gemmalyndon

AJ Clémentine, model and author of girl transcendent

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

The best career advice I’ve ever received is to have the courage to stand out and do what you love despite what everyone says.

Who gave it to you?

My aunt Zeny – she is like aloh (grandmother) to me.

How has this helped you?

It helped me to be passionate, to remember who I am and to be grounded in what I represent.

@ajclementine_

Annie Carroll, publicist and founder of In Prose

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

When I left the cushy clutch of full-time employment, I was full of naked ambition to be “my own boss” and to “set my own rules”, as if deadlines, deliverables and agreements to pay rent, food and taxes didn’t make sense. does not really exist.

Unsurprisingly, I found the recalibration towards freelance work strange and ended up working much more than ever in the agency world, massively overdelivering and undercharging my clients in the process. It was only years later that [I received the advice] ‘to know [your] value’ and ‘reset’ [your] expectations of what [you] wanted in [your] professional life’.

Who gave it to you?

Someone I consider a mentor.

How has this helped you?

“Knowing your worth” can be hard advice to implement, but once you get it, it will change the course of your career, no matter what your work situation. Oh, and pay your taxes on time. As an independent creator, I can’t stress this enough: tax money isn’t your money. I wish someone had told me sooner.

@anniecarrolll

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