I don’t know how many times I’ve had the conversation of my future. And sometimes it’s to no one other than myself, bouncing ideas around my head before abruptly collapsing in tears because quiet frankly I have no idea what the hell im doing!!
Whether you’re finishing school, college, university or you’re getting fed up with your job, everyone has those moments of terror when you don’t know what’s going to happen.
You’re at your next crossroads, and you didn’t even anticipate which way to go. Yep, I know this feeling!
Truth is, no one knows what the hell their doing!! In fact, after 3 years of a degree, and a previous four years leading up to the degree I thought would take me into my ideal career, I still don’t know what I’m doing or what I want to do!!
So I thought I’d do a little post on some tips on how to maximise your potential in any career, make you shine at interviews and possibly even help you decide well and truly the career for you.
Take every opportunity – If one comes your way, whatever it is, don’t knock it, jump straight in. What you might learn along the way could prove invaluable. Plus, you might find something you never even knew you enjoyed!
Education is your friend – It’s an often debate over education and experience, but you can’t knock learning extra skills at a prominent level. Living alone, and being independent at a level never experienced at school is invaluable. Whilst at college and university, there is always ample opportunity to get experience, and your lecturers will help you out too!
Get a job – It’s not unusual to find those who haven’t had a job, but for me I find it a little bizarre. Having had a job since I was 14, working has given me skills, and patience, that I never knew I could aqcuire. Even if its a little weekend job at your local corner shop, atleast it’ll give you some pocket money and something credible for your CV.
Make yourself known! – In my desired career field, its all about being known and heard. Creating profiles on LinkedIn and other alike websites ensures employers can find you, with your on-line CV. If you’ve not got a profile, get one. Keep it updated and professional to ensure employer appeal.
Volunteer – It not only looks great on your CV, but it’s a great sense of help. Volunteer at a local charity shop or soup kitchen to give a helping hand, as well as give you something extra to brag about at your interview. Nothing shouts dedication to employers than volunteering.
Have hobbies – Unfortunately, drinking every weekend with your friends is not a hobby. Neither is shopping, or binging on netflix every evening. Many say not to include hobbies on your CV, but it’s actually attractive to employers to see you have other hobbies and interests other than a job. You never know, your hobby may even take you into a career you never even considered.
Think outside the box – When thinking through job ideas and what you can do career wise, we all tend to stick to the mundane choices that show up on our course prospectus guide. You don’t have to stick with your course title, neither even work in the field you studied. Studying alone shows willingness and dedication to employers, and many don’t care what degree you got, as long as you’ve got one. Look at your interests to find job ideas as well as using some on-line resources to help you decide. Prospectus is a brilliant on-line website for career advice and paths.
You will have failure – This might seem like I’m being a little harsh, but you’ve got to except the fact that you will encounter some failures along the way. Just remember to get feedback on any interviews or failures, and work on some of your weaknesses. It’ll only make you a stronger character and candidate for other jobs.
And lastly, don’t panic- Some people don’t find their ideal job / career until their 40!! Don’t panic about what you’re going to do. There is plenty of time, and opportunity to find what you really enjoy. A job shouldn’t just be a job to pay the bills. Whilst you’re still young, with pretty much nothing to worry about other than yourself, now is the time to experiment and explore your options until you find something you really enjoy for a career.