According to the resent research by American Society for Training and Development, 75% of people who take an executive position, claim that mentorship played a critical role in their career development. Therefore, it’s vitally important to understand who the mentor is and how he can help you to get a promotion.
Well-p, here you are, so grown-up, so big, so self-important, and yet you absolutely have no idea what to do and for what to strive for. You’ve graduated your school/college/university, but still don’t have any answers to the questions you had. What’s worse, is that you have even more questions than ever.
And, as if to add insult to injury, everybody else seems to have their life under control. They seem to know what they want and how to achieve it, and always try to show you this by giving tips, because they so “obviously” know every little thing in this world better. All of these “All you have to do is follow your dreams”, “When the door is closed, you just have to keep knocking”, and “Nothing is impossible, just do it!” are just so annoying and frustrating.
What dreams, what bloody doors, do what? Handing out clichés to people will not help anybody, and I personally am acquainted with this fact. Rarely does someone presents us with any specifics, so I’ve decided to change the trend and offer some well-deserved practical advice.
When you don’t know what to do…
So, if you are stressed about and anxiety-ridden from not having any idea what to do with your life, then the first step is to take your angst, worry, and restlessness under control. Take a chill pill, a breather, cool off, do whatever to calm your nerves: nervous people seldom make good decisions.
To help you calm down, I’ll share with you a little secret: a lot of people do not have their life figured out and are only putting up a façade. Actually, almost three-quarters (72%) of young professionals in the UK have experienced a quarter-life crisis, leading them to re-asses their career path and life choices. So, Most of the people who give such advice are either big hypocrites, or just naïve personalities, who really just don’t know better.
Life with its endless possibilities is too big to take on and figure out in one go. There’re no simple answers, we’re the only ones, who are responsible for our own lives and future; we’re left at our own devices to make a tiniest bit of sense out of this madness. These are some frightening realizations, a great French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said we are “condemned to be free”.
However, there’s a great consolation: we have our whole lives to figure out, what to do. Hell, many say you never stop learning. So, whether you do or don’t know what career to purse, remember to take your time and relax.
“I might be not passionate about anything…”
There is a pretty big misconception floating around in popular culture regarding passion. People seem to think that one day you wake and everything just “clicks”. No years of contemplation, no dozens of unsuccessful beginnings, and no trials and tribulations, all you need is that eureka-moment.
Would that it were so simple, sadly, real life doesn’t work like that, nobody becomes passionate about anything from thin air. At fault are many movies and books that misrepresent passionate people. In written and visual media passionate characters are always romantic, ready to dedicate their life to one particular task, and they were had their passion from a very early age.
Such cases are very-very rare. The reality is such, that people become passionate about work in the process of working. Don’t make the mistake of becoming paralyzed with thought and consideration, and just jump into work. What kind of work? Anything that strikes a chord with you. As it was put in an interesting Forbes article, “stop trying to find your passion and instead be passionate!”
So put on your Indiana Jones hat and go on a figurative adventure, or maybe and a literal one. Don’t look for a passion, just look any work, and you are sure to develop passion for your work.
“But I don't know what career to pursue!”
Now that we’ve dealt with that pesky passion, we need to address the problem of career choice. Even if you take out passion from the equation and decide upon working, the field of work still need to be chosen, there’s no way around it.
When choosing a field of work, you have a lot of options available to you, even maybe too much. No, definitely too much, so how would one do it? If your first instincts say to you to “cut down the numbers”, then your instincts serve you well. Here are a few ways of going about it:
- Approaching the problem from the complete opposite and making a list of what do NOT want to do. This will eliminate a lot of professions for sure and give you a foundation of jobs for you to choose from;
- Writing all of your abilities and rating how proficient you are at certain tasks, and then choosing a job based on your competencies. Good at lateral thinking and fancy writing? - Maybe being a creative writer is just for you. Just repeat this process until you find something you fancy;
- Imagining working a job that is 80-90 hours per week, and you have to work your butt off at this job, week after week. Now imagine how you are leaving your job, driving home, getting nice and comfy at home, and then your phone rings. They need you back at work. What job would make you go back? Answering this question may shed some light onto the problem;
- Considering turning you hobbies in to fulltime jobs. There are many, many- many-many stories of people succeeding by only turning to their hobbies. Keep in mind that this is always an option.
These, of course, are not the only methods to figure out a career for yourself, but you should try them out and you are sure to find something.
Don’t be timid about wanting more out of life
The next problem for us to overcome is the shy approach to life that many of us indulge in. We’re afraid of taking big leaps of faith, confronting the chaos, and would rather stay in our favorite little comfort zones. Returning back to Sartre and his ‘condemnation’, we find in them not determinism, but keys to happiness, because we can define ourselves however we want. We do not have to restrict ourselves to being just a waiter, or a recent graduate, or a son/daughter, we have the freedom to choose and choose again. What in the world do I mean by this?
Ok, let’s say that you’ve just graduated and don't know what to do after college. Haven’t the slightest bit of a clue. Should you stick to the specialization you chose early on in your life, or should try your luck at some other field? Oh, what to do? No, you should stick to your guns, right? Wrong, unless you really want to (but in that case, you wouldn’t be reading this article).
In addition to having the time to figure yourself out, you have the multiplicity of choices laid out in front you. So the aforementioned ‘endless possibilities’ are nothing, but a beautiful feature of life. Is there something to your liking? Find an internship in that field. You’re getting quite bored and dispirited? Change it up! Rinse and repeat the process until you find your heart burning with passion for the work you do. So, don’t be timid about work and life in general.
How to figure out what you want to do for a living
So, you’ve come to this last heading still saying to yourself, “I have no idea what to do with my life”, still pondering how to figure out what you want in life? If you actually follow the advice presented in this article, you won’t be bothered by these difficulties, as you will be busy with work. There are times for contemplation, and times for action. This occasion requires the latter.
I urge you to keep at this task of finding your passion, because passionate people not only contribute greatly to their own happiness, but also to the happiness of others.
Currently employed women in the US said they have personally experienced an unwelcome sexual advance in a form of verbal or physical harassment at work. Over the past two decades, workers have objected to being victims of unsolicited sexual innuendos, moreover, the problem still persists.
You surely enjoy randomly going through your posts and those of your friends, while making jokes and funny charades? Have you ever ranted about your co-workers and the current job on your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts? You must have thought that the posts would remain among you and your “friends”. Nothing wrong in doing so, but you might need to think twice. The overwhelming presence of social media in our life has made it an open database for the employers to understand the persona of their targeted employees.
With improved internet connectivity all around the globe, shifts in attitude about where people should work, plus a promise of greater flexibility, remote jobs have grown to be more commonplace than ever. According to research, 70% of professionals globally work remotely one day in a week.
Work from home jobs you can explore are plenty. We’ve compiled a list of forty legit work from home jobs that offer real pay, flexibility, and stability.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the prices for higher education have grown by 52.7 percent from August 1997 to August 2017 and these numbers tend to increase. We have good news for you though – your head-ache-debt can be repaid by your employer. Certain companies provide grants to pay off student loans although these benefits are not so popular among the vast majority of the employers. The financial aid you receive depends on such factors as job tenure, time since graduation, eligibility and loan type. Let’s take a look at them first.
You have been invited for an interview and everything was good, you got all the signs you got the job after an interview. But then you got rejected. It’s frustrating for sure and you will definitely wonder why it happened. You have a unique chance to ace the interview as we have prepared the main reasons people did not get the job after their interview so you can be fully prepared in the future and avoid these common interview mistakes.
When looking for a new job and having a job interview you will get questions regarding why did you leave your last job. These questions are inevitable and you will be asked about reasons for leaving your employment. But what if you got fired and the situation turned ugly? These tips with lots of examples should help you to handle this conversation and figure out the best way to answer why you left a job.
It seems like you got into a tricky situation: a company has made you a job offer with a higher salary (or other benefits, which made you consider this job opportunity), but you are not ready to leave. You solve challenging tasks, got used to the team and do not want to quit playing soccer with the guys from the back office. You do not want to leave, but you can’t help the feeling you can get more if you get a new job. A recent study by Hays shows, 39% of employees got fatter paycheck due to the leveraging job offers. That means you can benefit from this situation and use a job offer as an effective tool to get a promotion or a pay raise.
The most valuable advice our parents and teachers give us is to embrace our passions and to turn our hobbies into profession. Many of us follow the wisdom “Make your passion into your career so you’ll never work and day in your life” and start chasing the dreams without even a single thought if they will be able to bring home the bacon. Thus, when it comes to the situation when they don’t have money to pay the bill, they often regret on quick fixes they made.
People tend to constantly develop themselves, looking for better opportunities in personal and social life. That is why it’s not surprising when they suddenly find out they are doing the things that don’t bring them the satisfaction or money they expected and decide to start something new. There may be thousands of different reasons why people decide to change their career, however, it’s never that easy. When you decide to change the profession, you have to compete with other candidates, most of which have necessary skills proved by real experience.