You’ve graduated from college (congrats!), celebrated this step into full adulthood and begun applying to lots of jobs online. Lots and lots of jobs. More than you ever thought you would need to. And you still aren’t getting any response. You’re frustrated and discouraged about how to find your first professional job.
You were so excited for your first day. But since then, you are doubting your choice. Everyone else around you seems to be enjoying what they’re doing, but you feel like a misfit. You just don’t feel like this is where you belong.
You’ve been working for several years in or around the same role and/or industry. Maybe you’ve been promoted or changed companies to gain more experience. To those around you, you’re “doing well” – you have a good title, make good money, and live a pretty good life. But you’re not happy. You dread going to work, you’re frustrated with your co-workers or work environment. You know you should be grateful for all you have, but you can’t help but think there’s something better out there for you.
You’ve taken a break from working outside the home to raise your family or care for a family member. Your “professional” skills are probably a bit out of date, and you’re not even sure they’re still relevant or of interest anymore. You think you’re ready to step back into the workforce in some capacity, but maybe you’re not ready for a full-time job quite yet, or still desire the flexibility to work around your family’s schedule. You have so many ideas and requirements, you don’t even know where to start.
You’re thinking about grad school because everyone says you should, but you really don’t have any idea what you you’d want to study. It’s a big investment of time and money that you are not ready to commit to without more clarity about how it will support you in doing work that fills you with purpose and passion. The good news is that I’ve helped 1000s of young professionals confidently connect with the path to work that lights them up and makes them happy to start each day.
Do you have the skills and experience to complete the tasks of the job? This can include education, paid/unpaid experience, projects, and volunteer work.
Are you really interested in doing the job? Are you excited about the work and people? Just because you CAN do it, doesn't mean you want to.
Are your values and personality in alignment with those of the organization and the people on your team? It's hard to pretend you're someone you're not.
If you get a job doing work that doesn’t feel important, are you actually going to make much of an effort? Let’s start by identifying what you LOVE, then going for jobs that allow you to do work that feels purposeful.
Remember, just because you are good at something, doesn’t mean you have to make it your career. For example, I'm REALLY good at doing laundry, but that doesn't mean I'd want to make it my job. What things are you good at AND enjoy doing?
What industries, organizations, jobs are in alignment with your values, with the things that are really important to you? Working with your values is what makes work meaningful, and allows you to work your way up the ladder with confidence.