What's The Best Career Advice You've Ever Received? 24 People Share The Tips That Helped Them

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For the third year in a row, Bustle's Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Want to be an Upstarts honoree one day? Read on for career tips, insights, and inspiration to help get you there.

Of all the things we learn in school, how to build a successful career doesn't actually come up that often. And even as we get older, finding mentors to provide this advice is no easy feat. But if you ask around, you'll find many nuggets of career wisdom from everyday people. After all, everyone at one point had no work experience — and learned a lot on the path from that point to where they are now.

The single most important thing you can do for your career is "cultivate strategic and authentic relationships," Deena Baikowitz, career coach and chief networking officer for Fireball Network, tells Bustle. "Build relationships with people in diverse industries and sectors and stay connected online and in person. Don't neglect your network or wait until you need a job to get out there. You never know where your next opportunity can come from. You'll get access to the best jobs, clients, mentors, and friends by actively and consistently building a network of people you can count on and who can count on you."

That advice makes a lot of sense: I've gotten many opportunities through friends and acquaintances (and their friends and acquaintances). To learn even more about how to further one's career, I asked people what the best piece of career advice they've ever gotten is.

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I don't know about you, but after reading this, I already feel wiser and more ready to take on the world.