Mar 10, 2017 09:56 AM EST

Career Advice From Successful Women

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Millennials struggle with their careers and successful women say that it's because they're looking and thinking about it differently.

The most common career advice given is if you do what you love, you won't have to work a day in your life. If you love your job, you'll enjoy working.

For the CEO of Global Philanthropy Group Maggie Neilson, however, one does not need to like what he or she does in order to gain some good out of it, reports a Fortune article. She shared that her previous jobs were not something she enjoyed at all, but it helped to build herself up, it gave her some "formative experiences."

She spoke of the reality in the job market that most people need a job and cannot afford to chase after their dreams. She said that if that's where you are, there is nothing wrong with that.

You can look at that situation in your life as a learning period, where you draw lessons from those awful jobs, let it shape you and your career. It can even be an eye-opener on the possibility that what you think your passion is, may not be your true calling at all, says Maggie.

You will never know unless you open yourself and welcome those diverse job opportunities. Remember, nothing is set in stone. 

Another successful woman, Shelly Broader, who is the CEO of Chico's FAS, suggests that millennials should imagine their careers as a 40-year or 50-year career, instead of a five-year stint, writes Fortune. She encourages millennials to imagine every job as a resume builder or a source of experience.

"Think about the wider spectrum of opportunities out there," she says, as reported by Fortune. She adds that one must not focus on simply one ladder, but on the thousands of other ladders in the world.

Who knows, she says, maybe there will be fewer people trying to climb the alternative ladder.

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