“My career’s been a steady, interesting, weird, frustrating, fun journey at all different times.” –Elizabeth Reaser
Hello SOTGC community,
Every single job you take, from your high school job washing dishes to the job you retire from, is part of your greater career journey. Each one teaches you a new skill, a new character trait that will eventually give you the growth you’ll need to reach your destination. However, the majority of workers see each step as a complete event within itself, instead of a step to something greater. Jobs should be used strategically. You have to connect and engage, recognizing the significance of each step, each job.
There are many ways to use your jobs as part of your career journey. The first is to be inquisitive about your industry, your organization, as well as your work. Learn what is most significant, what is going on, and what you could do to really make a difference. There’s no such thing as learning too much. This continuous self-schooling will help you develop knowledge and essential skills in any occupation which can be used throughout your profession.
You should also get acquainted with your coworkers and socialize, focusing on your similarities and not your differences. Get acquainted with your clients and learn ways to best fulfill their requirements now. Show flexibility, excitement, and interest in the general success of the business and in your work.
Find something about what you do, no matter what the job, that excites you!
Going to work should not be a dread, even if it’s not your dream occupation. When things get tough, have an affirmative, “can do” approach. Try to go above and beyond, excelling at whatever you put your hands to. You should never settle for just “good enough.”
Risks (risk taking) will not only set you apart in your current job, they’ll help prepare you for your next job, the next part of your career story.
Failure shouldn’t scare you because it just means you tried something different.
Reevaluate your mistakes and start again. Keep your perspective. In twenty years, when you have the job you’ve always wanted, or when you’re running your own company, will you care that you made a little mistake? Thomas Edison is the perfect example of someone who didn’t let failure stop him. He said, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” Those are words to live by.
It’s normal for someone to feel stuck in a dead-end job. With the current job crisis, many people have had to get work where ever they could and get jobs that might not match their degrees or dreams or aspirations. However, these jobs should be considered steps.
Maybe you want to be a writer, but work as a barista. Use it. Observe the people around you, create stories and characters off them.
If you view every job as a step, you’ll find yourself approaching your (final) career destination sooner than you think.
What you view as a dead-end job is just the start of your story!
Looking for a new job, a career change? Are you working from home or would like to telecommute?
Join us at the Virtual Job Fair For Women on Nov. 21.
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