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Sound Advice

The most fertile source of insight is hindsight“– Morris Kline

This week on our weekly Win-It Wednesday contest on our Facebook page (if you haven’t liked us, check it out here), we posed a thought-provoking question: “What career advice would you give your younger self?” We received great feedback, so we wanted to share a sampling of the responses below:

“Stick with something you love. Learn all you can from others because even on a day where you are at the top of your game, someone else knows something you don’t!”— Brittany Flowers

“Mom and Dad were right! lol, you should have went straight to college after high school.”— Breeanna Mann

“Go to school BEFORE you have three small children.”— LuAnn Barnes Johns

“It’s not always about the glory and the money; it’s about the people who need you to care for them.”— Melissa Caprak

“Take more art classes in undegrad. You’ve got your whole life to work!”— Katie Good

“By the grace of God I have loved and enjoyed my career choice as a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist/educator for 32 years :) Don’t take everything that happens around you personally and always appreciate everything!”— Kimberly Griffin Yarborough

“I would have told myself to start sooner, have confidence in yourself, and say no every once in a while!”— Rachel Bailey Flinn

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still make your dream dream job happen!”— KT Pen

“Advice to younger self: Surround yourself with positive people that lift you up, realize that money isn’t everything, pick a career that your heart is set on and don’t pick a career based solely on the income, be grateful, and most importantly always show up to work with a hardworking attitude that you will give 110%. P.S: I start my first career as an RN in a week! Super excited!!”— Emily White

“I would tell myself to take my exams right away, do not wait.”— Ashley Hodge Walter

“Don’t be afraid to get in there and get dirty. I was terrified of the actual clinical work such as bed baths, anything with needles and catheters. Now it’s something I’ve done many times. I just wish I had taken advantage of the opportunities in nursing.”— Sarah Woolhiser

“Ask for help rather than trying to do it by yourself!”— Diane Driscoll Brown

“I would say you can do this—find a way. I’m 56 and a year away from my BSN. It’s been hard, but I am so happy that I won’t ever have to say “I should have been a nurse.”— Kristie Cozad Richerson

“My advice would be to not take shortcuts in life, and not to rush my education. Take everything in and absorb it all. Also, to avoid distractions, they will only hold me back from where I need to be.”— Megan Lombardi

“I wouldn’t! I feel that mistakes make you stronger. I would not be the person I am today.”— Cat Johnston

“My advice, after graduation – take a vacation! ! Don’t worry about getting hired, you will, nurses are in demand. Take some you time and enjoy before officially starting your career.”— M.G. And Zoey

“Work out more while young so you’re not that overweight nurse explaining poor choices to a patient while they give you the side eye.”— Stephanie Brown

“Take time to do the little things…those often unnoticed things that people feel silly for asking or sometimes just flat out forget that they miss until you do it.”— Lydia J. Council

“Advice to the Younger…Follow Your Dreams, Don’t Let Anything Stop You. You Are Strong. ALWAYS Remember. …YOU CAN DO THIS!!!”— Dana Adams

Does that advice ring true for you as well? Do you have any additional advice that you would give to yourself? Leave a comment below! And don’t forget that we have a Win-It Wednesday giveaway every week on the Facebook page. We give away Scrubs & Beyond gift cards, scrub sets from your favorite brands, nursing bags, and more! Check in every week to see what we are giving away next!

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  • Posted: March 5, 2016 08:54

    Kathie Overcash

    Let fear drive you not paralyze you! The party has to end if you want the career you have dreamed about all you life. Don't let a relationship ever hold you back. There's time for that later. Take great care of're worth it. It's never too late to do what you love and love what you do! If you don't get excited about going to work then your passion isn't involved. And...never say "TRY" because then you've already given yourself an excuse to fail. Be kind!