CAREER / 12 July 2017How to Remain Optimistic During the Job Hunt
If you’re like me, you probably have no idea what you want to do in life. And that’s not a bad thing. It’s actually a great opportunity to do something you won’t get to do much in your later years- explore the world.
No, not traveling the world (although that’s cool too). Explore the world around you and learn what you want to learn.
It might be difficult to think that investing time and energy into learning new skills can be worthwhile when you have all the obligations you currently have, but this investment in yourself is the most important thing you can do to help your future self. Many of us are told which classes to take based on the track for our major, some of which we may actually be interested in, some not, ALL leaving you WITHOUT the experience to know what a day in a life would be like. When I was taking my business classes in college, I had high hopes that I would graduate learning the ins and outs of running a business, and, mostly, I just forgot everything I learned in my second and third year by the time the cap n’ gown ceremony came. This is not to say that education is not important because it is, but the skills that real digital marketers, sales professionals, software engineers, etc. have are not taught in schools.
Don’t stay in your room working every Friday night. Don’t ditch your friends for the glow of your computer monitor. And don’t read the same 5 lines in your accounting textbook over and over in your free time. Trust me, I make these same mistakes every week and it sucks. It will serve you better in the long run to invest in ways to find your passion in life and start working towards gaining experience with doing those things.
Here’s a better idea: dive headfirst into your interests and skill up. In other words, explore your curiosities.
Don’t wait until you’re an adult, there’s no better time to start than now. Take the first step and sign up for a free candidate profile so that you can start exploring different careers with different companies that are willing to mentor you and potentially looking to hire as well!