Ever wish you could go back in your career and make a change? Whether it was accepting the “wrong” job 20 years ago or bombing an interview question last week, learning from our mistakes is one of the many ways we can grow as individuals and professionals. But we don’t just get to learn from our own mistakes – we can learn from other people’s mistakes, too.


What past career choices do you wish you could change? Take our survey to see the most common things people wish they could change about their career past. It may help you feel some solidarity with others who have similar regrets or help you avoid making similar mistakes in the future.

Here are just a few of the areas candidates may wish they could jump in a time machine to change their choices.

Mistakes made in educational choices

How many times did you change your major in college? Or, maybe you skipped college after high school and now are trying to juggle education along with a career. These are just a few examples of regrets people may have about their education. 

Mistakes made in the job search process

It doesn’t take much to mess something up while you’re looking for a job. You may be under more pressure than usual if you had an unexpected layoff or are transitioning from the military. You may be selling yourself short by not fully understanding which of your skills are most in demand or by having a glaring spelling error on your resume. There are lots of ways you can make a mistake in your job search even before you land an interview!

Mistakes in interviewing

Interviewing is one of the most stressful parts of the job search process. Whether you accidentally word-vomited TMI, blanked on your answer to the notorious “So tell me about yourself,” interview question, or forgot to do background research on the company, you are definitely not the only candidate to bomb an interview.

Mistakes in job acceptance

Not every job is a good fit for every candidate. But if you get an offer with a nice salary or unexpected perks, it can be tempting to take the job despite your gut feelings.

Every mistake is a learning opportunity and a chance for growth. And even though you may have regrets, you also may not be where you are now if you hadn’t made those mistakes.

What’s your number one tip for avoiding career mistakes? Leave us a comment to let us know!


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Brynn Mahnke is a freelance writer specializing in researching, writing, and ghostwriting for clients in the career, finance, SaaS, and B2B/B2C niches. She focuses on writing case studies, whitepapers, ebooks, and articles showcasing the value her clients bring to their customers. When she isn't writing, you can find her running, cycling, or wrangling children. She can be reached through her website or at brynn.mahnke@gmail.com.