15 Helpful Tips to Get You Started on Your Career Path
A career manifesto sums up your personal goals and will often be a point of reference when you find yourself lost in Jobstreet or classified ads. It's your firm stand on what you want to be and the elements that need to be present.
Mission statements aren't solely for companies and organizations, but just like one, your own version provides clarity in your job path, it’s also a summary of your skills and values and how they're aligned with your goals.
Why it's wrong to believe in "finding" your passion. In this article, the writer explains there's no special passion waiting for you, but you who have to go out there and cultivate what makes you curious and piques your interest.
It's an old quote that's very true, don't sit idly and expect your dream job to land on your lap. There are a lot of resources online and through networking (friends of families, relatives) that you can find a way to learn from mentors or work part-time.
Further explained, here are other ways you can increase your chance of getting the job you want with hard work and actually learning as you go along.
Shoot for the moon; let your imagination go wild when it comes to what you can achieve. If you're thinking of working abroad or being the first woman to do this and that, don't let anything—or anyone—stop you!
Be committed! Don't let that inner fire burn out, that's why it's important to choose the job you really want, because it will be natural for you to do your best.
There'll be a time that challenges and balancing priorities can get a little crazy. Take some R&R, it's important to give yourself a break from time to time to refresh and get right back on track.
Do things that scare you, make you feel uneasy because it's a new path to take, if it's a chance to level up, try it! You won't know how well you'll do if you don't.
You will find yourself along with hundreds of other applicants looking for available positions, stand out with these questions you can ask the HR to engage and initiate. These will help you appear more responsible, while actually learning more about the company you intend to apply.
During the job interview process, put yourself in the HR's or company's shoes, and analyze why they ask certain questions that you get insight on what they need, you can improve your answers greatly when you consider it from their standpoint.
Easier said than done, especially when you're already facing the HR in an interview or your future boss, what more in front a crowd? There are 10 simple steps you can give your self-esteem boost and it doesn't involve long self-help books.
Down-to-earth reminders you need to hear to get yourself together!
Surround your social media feed with constant inspiration with the people who motivate you to be your own girl boss.
Perfect for those down moments when you're in a career rut and feeling a little lost. Give yourself 15 to 20 minutes per TED talk but the enlightenment you'll get will last you a career!
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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.
If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”