Career Risks You Should Avoid

“Nothing Is Riskier than not Taking Risks” -Unkown

While that saying might be true in many areas, you should tread carefully when it comes to taking risks that have a direct impact on your career. In fact, there are some risks that you should not take at all. Enjoy!

1. Never Quit Learning
Irrespective of the fact that some of us are lucky enough to land our dream jobs immediately after we graduate from the university, it would be totally foolish of you to stop learning. You will never be forgiven for getting too comfortabl; so ‘comfy’ that you forget to improve yourself, to engage in professional development activities such as attending workshops and pursuing advanced qualifications.

In case you don’t know, so many people want your dream so badly that they’ll do just about anything to prove they’re more qualified for the job than you are. Sooner or later, your boss will realize there are better people out there and send you packing.


Never stop learning. If you stop, you will lose your competitive edge.

2. Never Ever Trade Your Reputation
It’s not like I wish to be the umpteenth person to tell you that your reputation is everything, but hey, I have to say it. You have to guard it with your life. That is just the plain truth. In the workplace, having a good reputation not only helps you gain the respect of your colleagues but can also enhance your chances of getting a step ahead.

While building workplace reputation may seem easy, a single miscalculated act of carelessness is all it takes to destroy it. It is usually very hard to repair a bad or tainted reputation; in fact it would take twice as much effort to repair it. With a damaged reputation, you will have the extra task of trying to repair it and your career progression prospects in the company will be dealt a huge blow. Avoid office conflict, don’t misuse your social media presence and importantly, talk less, listen more.

3. Never Burn Bridges
During the course of your professional life, the probability you changing jobs s quit high. In fact, I think this generation is full of serial job hoppers! Now to my point. After securing a better job, you may be tempted into developing negative relations with your current bosses and colleagues. Let’s face it, the world goes round in circles, so don’t be surprised to meet a former boss – with whom you severed relations – in a future interview! Even if you are moving abroad, stay professional and leave with your reputation intact. You don’t know who you may need in the future.

4. Avoid Taking Risks in the Later Stages of Your Career
Risk favors the young, it appears. If you are in your 20s or early 30s, you can take risks that are not well-calculated and, if you are smart enough, get away with it. When young, you can even quit your job and start a business. Should the business fail to grow (bad business typically fail within the first five years), you will still be young enough to re-enter your career and start from scratch. But what if you make bad moves too close to retirement? You may not be able to rise from the ashes, and a blissful retirement will do all it can to avoid you!

5. Don’t Outshine the Boss
Never outshine the master. That is the first law of power, and one that, if applied accordingly, can grow your career. It takes hard work to become the boss, and once you get there, you will do all you can to remain in the position, including fighting off potential challengers. This is what will happen if you try acting smarter than your boss. Although there are bosses out there who have the emotional intelligence to appreciate your brilliance, they are quite a rare breed. So if you don’t want to experience hell in the workplace, just don’t outshine your boss.

Finally, the intent of this article is not to discourage from taking any risks in your career. Far from it, it presents the risks that are proven to, almost always, result in disastrous ends. Before taking any risk, think it out, establish its pros and cons, and have a contingency plan in case things don’t turn out as planned.

Have you ever taken any of the risks described above? How did everything go? Your thoughts and comments below please…

About Stellamaris Obomanu

Loves to read, loves to write, loves to laugh, loves life and yeah, she's as real as they come.

One Comment

  1. Olu-Johnson says:

    Business risks are unavoidable unlike all the risks listed in this article. Hey U just have to be sensitive with your career.

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