The process of finding your dream career is undoubtedly challenging, no matter which stage of life you’re in, so here are a few tips that can help you get started:

Be competitive
One of the best ways to finding out what your passion is, is doing as many internships and jobs as you can in a variety of fields. This is where your competitive nature should kick in. There will be at least 50 other recent graduates applying for that marketing internship you’re praying to get. For starters, know what qualities and strengths are needed for the position and link it to your own experiences. Study someone in that position and find out what sets him or her apart from the other unsuccessful applicants.

Build on your strengths
Instead of focusing on your weakness and trying to improve on them, why don’t you stick to your talents and concentrate on them? You may progress faster and move further by focusing on a few talents, as it will make it easier for you to find opportunities to work on them.

Be sociable and build a strong social network
Next time you’re at a party try talking to a few people as practice. Try moving swiftly from person to person, taking the time to chat with each one and don’t forget to jot down their contact details! Soon enough, you will be doing this with ease and you can put ‘professional talker’ onto your résumé. During your conversations you can do something as simple as encouraging them to talk about their stories, ideas or feelings towards something – to see whether they are suited or can lead you to the right direction of what you want to become. Who knows, you might land a job after simply engaging in conversation with said person.

Don’t procrastinate 
Stop scrolling through your Instagram feed! If you’re going to procrastinate, at least procrastinate by doing productive things. Read through CNN, BBC or New York Times and learn about what is happening in the world.

Be confident
I’ve managed to land a job simply by smiling, being bubbly and talking about my ambitions. Remember to be positive, be comfortable in your own skin, don’t sweat the small stuff, believe in yourself and take risks. But for the love of God, please don’t be arrogant.

Text: Irina Bondar
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