How to get your dream career started
It's safe to say that deciding on what you are going to do for the rest of your life is a rather daunting task. Especially when you are working on your career from your early teenage years. I think we all know now that unless you want a certain type of job, a career path isn't very straight forward. I've always said I wish I just knew from being little that I wanted to be a teacher, that way I knew I would have studied and done everything I can to go forward in that direction. In reality, I didn't have that focus.
That isn't to say I don't have focus though. In fact, I am naturally a planner. I plan everything and like to know exact timings of everything. Looking ahead and being organised in that sense is something I am very good at.
In terms of a career though, it isn't that straight forward. I've gone from wanting to work in law, to wanting to work in government, to wanting something more creative, to working in local government and finally now I am where I want to be.
So I thought I would put a post together, based on my experience, to try and help some of you who might be feeling lost at the moment with your career. I certainly had years of being unsure, especially when I made the decision not to go to uni.
I really hope this is helpful for you.
Work hard, even if it doesn't feel relevant...
My number one top tip is to work your arse off. Even if it is in a job that has nothing to do with the career you're dreaming of. It can all be relevant. For example, at the very least, having a job shows commitment and can result in a good reference. Something that is essential for future employers. They will realise that, yes you may not have experience in that field, but you're a hard worker and that goes miles. You can learn a job, its difficult to earn good work ethic.
Try not to be all about work...
I think that it is so important to have other things to talk about on your CV other than work experience. Previous jobs may get you an interview, but at that point your new employers are aware of the jobs you have had, they want to know more about you. At this point I usually talk about my blog and my interest in digital stuff in general such as coding, photography and social media. It shows that you are more than just work and sleep.
Know your worth...
Finally, realise your worth. Something I know I struggle with is knowing that I am pretty good at what I do. I have a lot of self doubt, especially when it comes to my career, and that isn't good when you're trying to develop. I feel like its essential to believe in yourself. You may never have done the job in question before, but that doesn't mean you can't do it. In fact, you may be ace at it. Once you believe in yourself, you confidence rubs off on other people and they start believing too. Just make sure you don't come off as arrogant, keep it real peeps!