Transitions are always scary, no matter what the level is...
Transitions are always scary, no matter what the level is. Not knowing what to expect or what the future holds is unsettling. So it’s only normal for you to worry about the answer to “what next?” the closer you come to entering true adulthood and the world of work
Whether you’re going straight from High School or University to the working world, it’s natural to feel nervous, doubtful, overwhelmed or hopeless, whatever feelings you have, the best way to deal with them is to tackle them head-on.
Set goals & allow yourself to dream
There’s a common saying, which is: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This rings true when it comes to your life and whatever ambitions you have because if you don’t know what you want to achieve, you’ll never truly find the focus you need in order to make yourself proud.
Dreaming is wonderful because more often than not, that is what fuels your goals and keeps you going when the road gets a bit bumpy, so dream as much as you can but also figure out how to map out your journey to achieving you dreams by setting up milestones and goals. Align your goals, no matter how small or big they may be to whatever your dreams are, the key is to make sure that you have a time-bound plan to get where you want to be. When setting your goals, make sure they are SMART, meaning Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
Constantly seek opportunities
One of the misconceptions about having any sort of qualification is the idea that opportunities are going to fall on your lap. This is not necessarily the case, especially if you don’t have networks or connections into your industry.
Fortunately, we live in a world where opportunities are constantly being offered via social media and the internet, the key is knowing where to find them. Make sure you follow and try to interact with key playmakers within your industry, whether it be individuals, companies or brands via platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter and sometimes even Instagram. Sometimes opportunities might not be as blatant or obvious as a job post, so it’s important to try and connect, engage and learn as much as possible. Doing all these, while adding value, can help create opportunities, while also establishing and building your network and your credibility- the key is not to be shy.
Start early & quickly
There’s a notion that in order to do or start putting yourself out there and making a living for yourself, that you have to have gone through a process that gives you the right to enter the workspace such as a qualification, although it might be the case for certain professions and industries, it isn’t absolute. There are always ways that you can take advantage of the time you have and participate in the working world. Try to use whatever free time you have towards building your career, you cannot afford to ‘wait for the right time’. The earlier you start, the quicker things can start happening for you.
And yes, to be fair, if you’re striving to be a doctor or engineer as mentioned before you can’t just start off by saying that you can do the job. However, in whatever free time you might have, such as holidays, you can spend that volunteering or job shadowing. The key is to constantly and consistently try to stay involved in your field, as much as possible for as long as possible. This allows you to gain experience and insight into your industry and become top of mind for any potential employer, should there be a vacancy or further opportunities.
Invest in yourself & grow your skills and knowledge
The world around us is constantly evolving, we’ve all probably read those articles that talk about the number of jobs that exist today that didn’t exist 5 years ago, well, that isn’t going to change. With more innovation and technology, will come newer opportunities and jobs, the kind that certain education systems aren’t agile enough to create curriculums and qualifications for.
So it almost goes without saying that you need to constantly expand your skills and knowledge because that is one of the key things that will keep you relevant in the current job market as well as potentially help you build your own business if you’ve got an entrepreneurial bone. There are loads of free white papers, workshops and seminars out there. Find them and take part.
Stay True to your passion and ambitions
Once you start working, it’s easy to get sucked into your job and forget about your dreams and goals. . If making money is your sole purpose, okay then; fair play. More often there is something that drives us all besides money. Make sure that whatever it might be, you don’t lose it. Because as cliché as it might sound, the more you enjoy what you do, the more effort you might put into it, which usually results in more money down the line.
So what now?
Like we mentioned before, transitions aren’t easy and the responsibility that comes with entering the job market can result in pressure that might make everything seem unbearable at times, however, it’s important to remember not to let that deter you from your goals and ambitions because the road to achieving them won’t easy but definitely will be worth it. So as we’ve already said, START & START QUICKLY, don’t be shy and don’t give up. The world is your oyster!
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