Our generation has been coined; narcissistic, entitled and lazy! Sadly, for the bulk of our generation this is true. But for those of us that are trying, I tip my hat to you all, but here is what I have to say to those who are not…
The world is no longer designed for us to simply hang around for four years, and walk across a stage to obtain a piece of paper, that tells an employer, that we are worthy. You have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get filthy in experience. You have to know what you want, and to set yourself on a path to get exactly that.
Achieving goals has nothing to do with luck, yet it’s about opportunity meeting proper preparation. In college, from the moment you figure out your career path, you need to write out a list of current activities and relationships, and decided which coincide with your goals and which do not. Everything that you are doing should have purpose and should be a calculation in your master plan. In order to be successful, one must not live in the moment, yet live in preparation for the future.
A lot of us spend so much time searching for hidden opportunities that we forget that to create our own. Also, PLEASE remember that all opportunities will NOT be monetarily beneficial, during that upward climb. As much as it sucks, and trust me I understand, you have to get your feet dirty before you take that walk on the red carpet to your dreams. You have to have as many tools in your tool box as you have lines on your resume.
Random tidbits in your resume is puffery, and an employer will see straight through that and through you. Make sure your resume is current and is a good reflection of you. Don’t be afraid to contact companies you admire and tell them why you would be a good fit for their company and send them your resume. If you don’t take away anything from this I want you to remember this.
“An employer wants to be able to picture you in the position. So what does this mean? At the last interview I went too, I pitched three potential ideas to my now supervisor and was hired on the spot. Employers want to see drive, ambition and initiative.” -B Bad PR
And finally, I want to leave you with something that I heard on the musical set of Project Soul, there aren’t any consequences to taking risks, and at the end of the day, you have to live with all of the decisions that you did or did not make. I’d much rather take risks and give my all, than be too afraid to live up to my potential. Let’s prove them wrong, lets show them what we are made of and most importantly lets help each other get to that next step to build a better society.