4 Steps To Get Your Career Started
It’s your life. You only get one. Don’t waste any more time. Find out what you love to do and start making plans to make it happen.
1. Make A Hot List
Get a pen and paper. Now sit down somewhere comfortable and think. When was the last time you were super happy doing something? What was the last activity that totally absorbed your train of thought and locked you in for hours? And when you were done, this activity made you feel warm and accomplished.
It could be cooking a big meal, designing the perfect outfit, writing your sister’s resume, mending a broken fence or strategizing on an online marketing plan to help your uncle sell his paintings. If that 9-5 is grinding your gears, think about what you truly would like to be doing instead.
2. Do The Research
Once you choose a career path from your hot list, it’s time to gather all the information you can. Talk to people already in that field. Google, search and read as much as you can find on the subject. Does it require more schooling? How much will it cost? How long will it take? What does the market look like in terms of need, profitability and lifelong opportunity?
Nothing worth having comes easy. Take the time to really look at the situation from all the angles.
3. Re-Examine Your Choice
Once you have gathered all the information you can find on your career path choice, reflect back. Does the information you’ve gathered match your perception?
Think about comments others already in the field have made and how their lifestyles were impacted. Look at the financial implications for the short and long term. After re-evaluating what you have learned, are you still hot to trot for this career?
The time is now to decide whether this career path still appeals to you.
4. Nike Say’s ‘Just Do It’ We Say ‘Get It Innnnn!’
Sign up for training, classes, seminars… whatever it is you need to do to make your move onto your career path. Network with others in the field. And don’t be afraid to volunteer to work around those already doing what you want to do. Not only will you pick up skills, you’ll also create opportunities for yourself down the road.
Most important, stay positive. The dream is alive and kicking.