“I know I can be what I want to be. If I work hard at it, I will be where I want to be” Nas Jones
As a young teenager, Nas- I know I Can, was one of my favourite rap songs because I loved the message that came with it. If you work hard you will achieve but as Nas says, nothing comes easy… it takes much practice. Finishing university and being thrown out into a world of the unknown is quite a daunting prospect. When I left university I thought that I would be fully equipped to take on today and tomorrow and land the job of my dreams because I had both an undergraduate and a post graduate degree. If only life was so simple.
We all of an idea of what job we would like to have but sometimes the road to securing that job is so tough, you begin to wonder if this path is really for you.
You may find yourself in a job that is unrelated to your degree, dreams and ambitions but hang in there.. your time will come. Social media may tell you “if you don’t like your job, get a new one. You’re not a tree you can move”, but be rational. If you have bills to pay, quitting your job will never be as straight forward as social media suggests. The Internet is good at creating hyper realities, and unachievable norms that so many people pretend to adhere to. But the truth is everyone’s situation is different, so ignore the inspirational posts because they usually aren’t that inspiring.
Jobs are scarce and the competition is tough but generation Y, you and I are so lucky because we live in an age where becoming a businessman or woman has never been so easy. (Note, I didn’t say becoming a successful businessman/woman was easy, because that will never be easy!) You can turn an idea into a moneymaker without even leaving your bedroom! Take advantage of the World Wide Web and modern technology. If you can’t find a job, create one.
This year I have managed to turn an idea into a business and I am excited to see where this idea will take me. When I graduated I hadn’t even considered becoming my own boss, but I have found something that I am really good at and I love doing it. It wasn’t easy creating my own job. It tested my patience and resilience but now that I have done it, the battle and setbacks that I faced have all been forgotten.
If you are struggling to land the job of your dreams or if your career has taken an unexpected U-turn, once you have finished drying your tears it is time to get back in the driving seat of your life. I am a big believer of writing lists, they help me to focus, so grab a notepad and write down your goals. Both the short term and the long term. If you have any business ideas, write those down too. It doesn’t matter how wild they might seem, put them down anyway. The final things that you should write down are your skills, what you like doing and what you think you are good at. This will help you to identify where your strengths lie. This exercise probably won’t turn you into the next Mark Zuckerbeg, Bill Gates or Oprah, but it will help you to refocus and gain more experience in your industry. Even if you don’t go on to start a new business venture after doing this, you will have a created a starting point for your new cover letter!
Stop worrying about jobs and career progression and start channelling your energy into a new project that really shows off your skills, personality and drives your ambition.