WORKPLACE SUCCESS / 18 March 20195 Ultra-Effective Ways to Work Smarter, not Harder
Finding your perfect career may seem tedious, but in order to live out your best potential, you have to find your passion. "Perfect" can mean many things in the eyes of others. Some people think that a perfect career is one with the highest earning potential, others want their careers to be challenging, exciting, and unpredictable.
No matter which route you go, be sure that you are aware of all of your options. There’s a huge difference between a career and job. Anyone can have a job, but not everyone can have a career (check out this post for some inspiring TED Talks that can help you find the right career). Jobs can help lead to entering your career. Let’s get you on the fast track to your dream career!
Where should I start? I have so many options, and I’m not sure what I would be good at? I always say to start with the most outrageous thing and work your way down. I don’t think any dream is too big to make happen and if you set the necessary goals and put in the work you will be able to conquer anything.
Ask yourself a few questions to guide your decisions:
1. What are you truly passionate about?
2. If money was not an option, what would you picture your dream job?
3. What are you good at?
4. What do your friends think you are good at?
5. What motivates you to work hard?
6. Where would you like to live?
7. What are you interested in?
8. What kind of education is needed for your dreams?
If these didn’t help guide you on your way to finding your dream career, then check out these other 9 questions!
When it comes to deciding on a career, do what you LOVE. Don’t let others decide what you are going to do for the rest of your life. Many people think that they know best for you and of course, that’s great but when It comes down to it, it’s your decision and you are the one that will be pursuing this decision everyday.
For me, it wasn’t easy to find a career that I enjoy. I had many different interests and I couldn’t decide which were the most important to me and what fit my needs. As a freshman, I started out in education. I loved kids, I took classes in high school that related to childhood education, and I even joined clubs to work with children. I knew that I was going to be a teacher and one day a superintendent. I was the strange kid in class that lived for the morning announcements and school board meetings. After I finished my first year of school, I was sure about my major and was on track to graduate early.
Then, summer camp came. I told you guys how much I loved to work with kids, but after supervising a summer camp with the age group of children I was going to work with for the rest of my life, I decided that it wasn’t the career for me. I was devastated and I didn’t know what to do. In a matter of two weeks, I had changed my major and career plan. I was going to be a lawyer. (Yay law!) I had always been told that I should pursue law because I "looked" like a lawyer (which is all fine and dandy) but when I realized all of the work that went into being a lawyer, I knew it wasn’t for me. Not because it wasn’t a great career, but because it wasn’t my passion. It was the passion that everyone wanted from me but not what I really wanted to do.
Let’s fast forward to last year. I’m at home, sitting in my room deciding what I’m going to do with the rest of my life. I know as college students, we don’t always have everything figured out, but I am a perfectionist and I know that many of you are as well. I literally went to my university’s website and looked at every single major and degree plan that I remotely had interest in and printed them out. It took maybe two weeks and I finally found out what’s important to me. I picked my major based on the career I wanted to have. I love being creative but I also like a challenge. A combination of communication and journalism was perfect for me. My degree plan perfectly matched my interests and I was able to be introduced to many concepts that will help me in the future.
My college jobs and internships also gave me insight on what I wanted as a future career. I noticed a path in all of internships with "marketing" as my main focus. It wasn’t until I started working with ProSky that my vision became clear. I’m currently the Candidate Success Maverick (cool name right!). I get to work with students in a different capacity, which I knew I always wanted to do, I just had to find the right medium to do so. I get to write dope blog posts (like this, whoop) and get to communicate with a cool staff all day! This is what it’s all about. Going to your job everyday and truly loving what you do. Making a difference in others life and being the absolute best you can be.
My road to finding a great career wasn’t easy but I wouldn’t change my journey at all. Through sleepless nights, research, and help from mentors and friends, I’ve finally found a career that I’m good at and that challenges me in a way that I deserve. I wish you the very best in finding a career that you love! I can’t wait to see you TV or online taking over the world.