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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Tips from the Non-Business World: Career advice is not just for or from business professionals

Updated: May 27, 2020

Business is not the enemy. There is no need to abjure the business world. Yes, there is much to be learned from business professionals and equally valuable are the words, missions, and actions in the non-business world. What can you learn from baseball, tumblr images, dirt, dentistry, and television? ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

FOCUS ON: Wisdom Can Be Found in Every Word

Yogi Berra, a beloved New York Yankee, passed away in 2015. He left behind many wise words, or “Yogi-isms” that are applicable to small businesses and job seekers alike. Take time to ponder the meaning and value of the his sayings, such as “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Read more.

FOR PRACTITIONERS: Say it with Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words! Take time to laugh and appreciate Air-Force-humor, such as this “Stealth Fighter” photo. Then see if you can apply this photo to your work with clients. Maybe talk about their stealth approach to the job search while interviewing. Find more images online and communicate visually with your clients to aid learning or help tell a story. Read more.

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Blue Collar Jobs Deserve Respect

Mike Rowe, the actor known for “Dirty Jobs,” adamantly professes the fear that the skills gap is going to get wider. Knowing that many blue collar jobs are not being filled by qualified workers, Rowe wants a national campaign to attract students to jobs stereotypically deemed as undesirable – usually way outside of the business world! Read more.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Priorities of One Can Apply to All

The American Dental Association (ADA) lists several priorities in diet and nutrition, which obviously sound like an extremely focused area. Could the field of career services follow similar lines of thinking, such as encouraging federal research, developing consumer-friendly packaging, expanding opportunities for learning the latest research… Read more and think outside the box to determine what we could learn from the ADA.

TOP TEN: The Top Ten of 4605 Top Ten Lists

Maybe Dave Letterman made Top Ten Lists popular, but more importantly he gave people an opportunity to laugh and learn. What can we learn from the best of his lists, which ended along with his television show in 2015? One take-away is have your material presented by famous people to get the best laugh!


If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be. - Yogi Berra
People like to cherry-pick the parts of their career that they’re either in the midst of or that they’re the most proud of, but the truth is careers and lives are tapestries. - Mike Rowe


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