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How To Find The Right First Job If You Don’t Know What To Do With Your Life Yet

Contrary to popular belief, it's rare for people to find the "perfect" first job!

If college is almost over for you, then finding your first ever job is the ideal next step. As if job hunting isn’t already a taxing endeavor, imagine not knowing what you want to do with your life just yet (because not everyone proceeds to work in the field they studied in college!). It sounds horrifying not having things figured out, but don’t get intimidated! You don’t need to have all the answers right now. Here are steps you can take if you still don’t know what to do with your life.

Take an internship.

You can take an internship even if it's not required! Internships aren’t only a school-mandated activity where you have to put in the required number of OJT hours. Take this occasion to absorb the inner workings of the industry you’d like to work in and see if it’s something you’d like to take on full-time. 

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The nice thing about internships is that it’s much like a job sans the full-time load and commitment. If you don’t think it’s the field for you, you’d only be working there for a couple of months anyway. But if it is something you’d like to be doing, some companies will give you the option to pursue it full-time, especially if they liked your performance as an intern.

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Attend a job fair.

Job fairs are an ideal place to look for potential employment, especially if you are open to all sorts of career options from different industries. Organizers of job fairs usually invite companies from different fields so they could give aspiring applicants enough options to find the best workplace suited for them. Employment companies like Jobstreet.com often organize career fairs and ask top corporations from industries such as IT, fashion, retail and e-commerce, and real estate to participate. They also make it easier for job applicants to work on #adulting job requirements like getting an NBI clearance and applying for TIN by inviting and partnering up with the corresponding government agencies during the fair. 

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Set some expectations for yourself.

You may not know what you want to do at the moment, but setting expectations may help you zero in on an ideal first job. Do you expect to get a job right after college? Are you looking for a job with reasonable salary to sustain your everyday expenses? Is freelancing even an option for you? 

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Be as realistic as you can to avoid getting disappointed—chances are, you won’t find everything on your checklist in one job, let alone your first! But knowing what it is that you want out of your first foray into employment will help you narrow down your options and make your job hunting and selection easier.

Be ready to compromise.

It is rare for people to find the “perfect” first job. So now that you have your expectations, prepare yourself to compromise and make some sacrifices.

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For some people, it’s the potential growth a certain job can give that gets them to take the deal. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter if the salary offer doesn’t match their expectations. The room for learning and improvement, the potential for promotion, creative freedom, a good mentorship program—these things might seem more essential in finding their career path than monetary concerns.

For others, however, their financial capacities restrict them from figuring out what they really want to do in life, career-wise. And that’s okay! We don’t all have the means to pursue a job that can eventually take us to a career path we feel strongly about right away. It’s okay if you want to take a job for the salary in the meantime, even if you feel like the work it entails is not too interesting for you (as long as it isn’t making you miserable). You can always leave to pursue a career you’re really into once you’ve saved up enough money to support yourself! For now, however, compromises must be made.

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It might take you countless jobs before you find the right one for you, and that’s okay.

Many successful people started out with a job that is completely unrelated to the field they flourished in. Sometimes, their first jobs might even be work they outright hated and sucked at. And sometimes, it might have taken them a handful of odd jobs before they were able to find the one that suited their skills and passion—which is completely fine and normal! 

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It’s okay to make mistakes during our first jobs. That’s what the regularization period is for, to allow you room for adjustment and improvement. And it’s also okay if the right job for you might be your fifth, sixth, or tenth time getting employed. There’s no one starting point to launch your career, and there’s definitely no limit to the number of jobs you can take before you find the line of work you’d want to spend the rest of your employable life in.

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Serene Fae 23 hours ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

• Seek happiness inside you. This is a quintessential reason for our vision of happiness: misconceptions about having a lot of money would make me happy; owning this and that would make me happy; entering a relationship would make me happy. This is not the case, if you want to be truly happy with your relationship, you have to be already happy on your own. If you want satisfaction from others, you have to be satisfied with yourself. And so on.

• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

• Savor moments. Savoring deeply intensifies our positive emotions while doing something that we love the most by simply stepping outside of the experience to review and appreciate the moment. You can practice this by having a delicious meal, reading a good book, or any activity that you enjoy and love. It can also be enhanced by sharing these experiences with others, appreciating such amazing moments, or staying present the entire time.

• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

margaux marie 23 hours ago

19 year old pharmacy student-businesswoman from Pampanga. I, Kimberly Chaile D. Ocampo, started planning my own business back when I was 18 years old. Despite being a student, that did not stop me to work and start up something for me to earn my own money. I was also influenced by my parents who are both hands on when it comes to the marketing world. I have decided to start my own mini restaurant/fast food restaurant recently (Feb 2020) and it was named as “Hungry Hubb”. From the word itself which is “Hungry” we thought of something that would give people the biggest hint that we sell food.

Because of the sudden quarantine, every store was forced to close for our own safety that is why there was a sudden decrease on our sales. But Hungry Hubb managed to survive by focusing on online selling and social media promotion. Our best seller would be Shawarma salad which is mediterranean style. We add authentic Garlic sauce to our shawarma (Which is available in Wrap, Salad, & Rice). Every product that we sell are very affordable and delicious. Our starting price is only 50php. (Shawarma Wrap). For Shawarma Salad (70php). We also have Milktea (60php) and Rice meals such as Lechon Kawali, Chicken barbecue, and Pork Barbecue for only 120 pesos.

And of course, I wouldn’t make it up this far without the help of my family and friends who have supported be from the very start. This is an open letter and inspirational especially to students that want to earn their own money. Nothing is impossible. You just have to be determined enough to turn your plans into reality.

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