Unlikely careers advice: 8 tips to ignore

As Back to School launches, we look at the most amusingly awful pieces of career advice.

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Getting good careers advice is almost as hard as getting onto the jobs ladder itself, what with mum, auntie, teachers and employers seeming to offer a whole host of contradictory tips.

Our new Back to School campaign looks to encourage people to go back to their old state schools to give students more relevant help. Good career counsel shouldn't just be for old boys.

But let’s have a look at those unlikely slices of advice that haunt jobseekers. Decide for yourself whether these career quotes are shocking or really quite splendid.