CAREER / 12 July 2017How to Remain Optimistic During the Job Hunt
Our generation doesn’t care about job security, retirement plans, or any other traditional career benefits that our parents were raised to value oh so dearly. The thought of spending 10 years climbing the ladder at a giant corporation doing meaningless work makes us sick to the stomach. We’re not motivated by money anymore. We know that money doesn’t buy happiness, so we’d rather be happy doing the work that we love, than filthy rich and miserable. At the end of the day, this is all we want--to be happy with whatever career path we choose and to do something that makes an impact on society.
This is where things get a little tricky. Most of us don’t even have a “dream job,” per se. We know what we want, but we don’t know what it looks like. How do you find something when you don’t know what it looks like? You can’t, obviously. You have to define what it looks like. The problem is that most people spend very little time actively trying to do so. Most people just go through the motions and then end up in whatever job they end up in by default. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are steps you can take to make sure you are making conscious decisions that will move you closer to where you want to be. I’m still on this journey myself, but here are a few strategies that have helped me so far:
These can be personal projects (starting a blog, creating an app, recording music, etc.), or projects like we offer here at ProSky (which we like to call projectships). Don’t be afraid to explore interests that might be completely different from your major. Side projects are the perfect opportunity for you to explore new territories, learn new skills, and possibly even discover a new passion.
Schedule coffee meetings or phone calls with people who are already doing the things you want to be doing. Pick their brains and find out what motivates them. This is a great way to find out more about a particular career path that sounds appealing to you and find out if it’s really something you want to pursue.
Sure, there are the lucky few who have known that they wanted to be a doctor ever since they were five years old, but they are the anomalies. Most of us will not have such a straight career path. The majority of people do not end up doing what they originally thought they were going to do. And that’s okay. Don’t let that stop you from continuing to move forward.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Learn to enjoy the journey. At the end of the day, for most of us, finding the right career will be a lot of trial and error. No matter what happens, you have to be willing to put yourself out there, try new things, learn from your mistakes, and just keep chugging along. What’re your thoughts? Are there any other strategies that have helped you find the work you love?
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