Well, "follow the money" has been decent career advice.
Sometimes I think we've had too many decades of "follow your dream."
Follow the money is decent career advice if you're primarily motivated by money and material possessions. Not everyone is, though. What's wrong with 'follow your dream'?
I'm reminded of this quote: I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later. ~ Mitch Hedberg
The problem with telling kids to follow their dreams is it's not very practical. The number of people who have had to take crap jobs to live far outnumbers those who can make a living at what they love. And many of those that had to give up their dreams feel as though they failed somehow, because they gave up, even though it was the only way.
I'd prefer to amend "follow your dreams" to "follow your dreams, just make sure the mortgage is paid first."
I think that has been pretty much the -only- career advice that's been given any weight.
in fact, the phrase in perpetua's comment that I bolded is actually so often used pejoratively. Crummy and selfish people are motivated by money. Crummy and shallow people are motivated by material possessions.
That's the subtext to all the career advice I ever heard, and still hear now.
And then you end up with people who could have enjoyed a more lucrative career, if they'd trained for it. But they didn't, and now not only can they not make money in their dream, but they're not trained for something more lucrative than what they had.
And meanwhile, people like the guy who started his own company paving roads in South Dakota has a pretty nice life, actually--he chose a lucrative employment, which gives him enough money and enough time to enjoy his family, and to life a relatively worry-free life (which also provided him enough stability to raise a couple of amazing kids and have a solid relationship
with his wife). Plus money enough to do the leisure things he enjoys.
That is so often discounted.
I followed my dream. I make pretty decent (maybe more than decent) money at it.
But I tell you, I admire the people who regard their jobs as a means to an end.