| HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT JOB. I DON’T KNOW…
I have always thought that the transition from finishing uni to being thrown into the real adult world of jobs and responsibilities, where people are expecting you to know what you want to do in life straight away, is extremely unrealistic
There have been countless situations, where I’ve thought… well if I work here, then I won’t be able to move there, or if I take this job then I won’t be able to travel here; and I have some pretty good experience in this industry, but I’ve got some serious skills in this other industry
So which route should I commit myself to?
It’s a f.hard decision
And one that will shape what you do, and who become because of it
| CONSIDER THE UNTRADITIONAL ROUTES
The power of the internet has shown that many twenty something guys and girls are doing amazingly well for themselves through blogging, youtubing or just simply setting up their own online businesses – and it’s another route that perhaps we didn’t even think was an option when we started our degrees that many years ago
Who knew you could now be Insta-famous and charge £££ for one pretty picture. The power of the online influencers!
1. TRY EVERYTHING
I must have tried about 10 different jobs from when I was 17 upto now, to have finally found a profession that I really enjoy (read THIS POST to find out what I do everyday)
My first ever job was a barista at Starbucks which I absolutely loved! The job was so so fun, and the perks of free drinks and food were a bonus for a penniless student!
I’ve also worked at many retail stores, dragging my feet every weekend folding the same pile of clothes over and over again. I’ve also worked at head offices for their Buying and Merchandising teams, managing hundreds and thousands of pounds worth of stock every day.
Some of my first ever work experience saw me working in banks as a financial credit card fraud analyst, in clubs mixing cocktails until 2am, waitressing at high profile events and restaurants, and tried my best being a journalist for the University paper
My CV is so diverse that some people might think, well she’s not very committed or she’s a job hopper – but actually most of those jobs were taken alongside my 2nd and 3rd year at uni when I was trying to figure out what I was, and wasn’t good at.
If I hadn’t tried them out, how would I have known they weren’t right for me
2. DO YOU REALLY ENJOY IT
I once read somewhere, that ‘Mondays don’t suck, it’s your job’
And I thought, yep that’s it. That is so true
We have the next 40 years to look forward to, to work our arses off, so make sure whatever you choose to do, it’s blimmin’ worth it
If you can’t stand the idea of doing what your boss does now, then what are you working towards and who are you aspiring to be?
Consider the risks and retrain if you have to. Even if that means taking a pay cut. I would rather be doing a job I absolutely loved on minimum wage, than do a well paid highly stressful job that I hated every day.
You can’t put a price on happiness.
Take online courses and teach yourself new skills, volunteer and get that valuable work experience in the evenings or at the weekends. Do whatever you need to do, to put yourself in a good position in order to move into the industry you want.
Be that person who can say, my job isn’t a job because I love it so much
3. WORK HARD AND KEEP CHALLENGING YOURSELF
If you can do your job in your sleep, and you can feel your braincells slowly dying from sheer boredom at work, then it’s time to consider a move
We naturally want to feel proud of what we’ve achieved at work, and we want to be telling our friends and family the amazing time you secured a deal with a really big client, or you’ve been working on a really big project that has saved the company thousands of pounds, or even an automatic report that you’ve set up that will save everyone’s time
If you’re not feeling valued and acknowledged at work, then find a company that will appreciate you
There will always be days, where you find yourself daydreaming at your desk, thinking how nice it would be if I work abroad, or what it would actually be like, if you started that business idea you’ve had in your head for years
If not now, then when?
5. BE SELFISH
You might love the people who you work with, and you’ve gotten comfortable with the security your job gives you. But if there’s no progression or further opportunities for you, then you have to treat your job like an ex, and get rid.
Yes you’ll probably leave the team unstable for a couple of weeks as they take on your workload, but they’ll soon find someone else to replace you in no time.
I’ve always been told, everyone is replaceable so do what’s best for you
| IF YOU DO LEAVE, BE SMART ABOUT IT
Okay, so if you do decide that enough is enough, and you’re going to quit – be smart about it
I’ve done this a few times and it’s completely nerve wracking, it’s exciting, all mixed with a constant feeling of ‘I’m going to be sick’
But be honest in your exit interviews so that the company has the opportunity to change for the next person. Don’t burn any bridges and be gracious for all your experiences.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of this quote, and I think it’s so true – ‘Be nice to those you meet on the way up because you’ll meet them on the way down’ x