What are your biggest career regrets? Share your stories | Guardian Careers
Hindsight is a wonderful thing – but it can also shine an unflattering light on the decisions we’ve made. Ask yourself the “what if” question and there’s always a risk of opening up an endless pit of regrets. But every choice – be it a good or bad one – is a lesson, right?
And we’ve all had a few regrets we can learn from. As many as nine out of 10 people in the UK regret rushing their choice of career, according to one survey. Other studies have found that almost half of workers surveyed regret not following their childhood dreams, and more than half given their time again would have chosen a different career path.
It’s always important to reflect on the progress you’ve made, but also learn from bad decisions and the opportunities you may have missed out on – if not for your own development, but for someone else’s.
So we want to hear about your biggest career regrets. Were there any risks you didn’t take? Did you miss out on any roles? What would you tell your younger self? And what advice would you give to someone further down the career ladder?
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