Career Lessons in Popular Music

Sam Wilson, February 18, 2015

For all of us that listen to popular music, we know that the lessons to be learnt from our favourite songs are plentiful. Lessons in life and love are easy to find in the majority of cd or digital music collections however what career advice do our favourite artists have for us?

Can’t Buy Me Love

There is no denying that a good salary is pretty high on most of our wishlists when looking at jobs however this classic Beatles song contains a valuable lesson, money isn’t everything!

There are a number of things you should be looking for in a job ahead of the salary because whilst money helps to pay the bills, it won’t stop you being miserable if you’re in the wrong job. Look at the training opportunities, the type of company it is, the location and the company culture.

“Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can’t buy. I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love”.

Don’t Look Back In Anger

Many of us have had the misfortune of having a job that made us miserable for some reason or other, jobs that we couldn’t wait to get out of.

If this is the case for you then the best piece of advice is to leave any bad feeling behind when looking for a new opportunity. Speaking badly of your former employers will not do you any favours at all and will only make you seem petty and bitter, as I’m sure you can imagine they aren’t qualities that many enmployers are looking for.

Do what you can to find positive things to say about your previous positions.

“All the things that you’ve seen, will slowly fade away…don’t look back in anger, I heard you say”.

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

First and foremost, you have to work hard before you can expect anything back in return. You are paid a salary and therefore must be expected to work hard for it.

That being said, your manager should be looking out for you and help you to develop, learn and grow. If your manager appears to have no interest in helping you in this way then it could well be time to start looking elsehwere.

“You’re always putting off what we can do today…what have you done for me lately?”

Heard It Through The Grapevine

The lesson to be learnt here is much cheerier than the actual song itself. Rather than the tale of imminent heartbreak, this is simply an incredibly effective way to find out about new opportunities.

Use your friends and professional network to find out about new vacancies, it might be that doing so can either allow you to be amongst the first to hear about a new position or have someone on the inside give you a recommendation.

“Don’t you know that I heard it through the grapevine”