Everyone is an influencer nowadays.
All you need is an Instagram account, a couple hundred followers, and the perfect scenery, right?
Well, not quite. Believe it or not, there’s a huge difference between a career influencer whose advice you might want to actually consider and a happy-go-lucky Instagram guru who’s pushing the same old motivational quotes.
Unfortunately, the latter is more frequent nowadays.
The hard reality, meanwhile, is just because you’ve written a blog post or two – doesn’t mean you’re an influencer.
To cut through the noise, we’ve prepared this guide as a way to help you find the career influencer who’s just right for you. Someone who understands your situation and offers actionable advice and motivates professionals to be the best version of themselves.
From career advice to personal development, rest assured that the list below has a little bit of everything for everyone.
What differentiates the career influencers in the list from Instagram gurus is their passion.
You might have noticed that most Instagram gurus provide the same old advice on the importance of being happy, with just a little bit of humble-brag mixed in.
Career influencers are worth their salt meanwhile acknowledging that life is not all sunshine and rainbows. They’re more than just a fad and deliver genuine value to their followers through insightful content and actionable advice. In most cases, they’re speaking from experience when they’re talking about their pitfalls.
And you know it’s genuine because it doesn’t sound like a cliche superhero backstory.
While we put numbers next to each name, that is just for ease of navigation. We’ve narrowed this list down to the top 21 career influencers, but they are listed in no particular order. Everyone who made this list is remarkable.