Typically, you will do better and get more out of a career in a field that you are passionate about. However, it takes more than just passion to get where you want to go in your professional life. It also takes the right skill set as well as the connections to those who work in that field. What are the goals you need to set right now to find your way toward a job that you will love? To know the answer to that, here are some things that you should consider.
What are the educational requirements?
Many fields will have educational requirements that you must meet to find work within them. For instance, you generally need to be a university graduate with a background in maths or science to work for science and engineering companies.
This means that one of your first goals is to do well in school, university and a masters degree if necessary. Knowing that you need to get a certain grade or meet other criteria may help motivate you to do well in classes that you may otherwise not take seriously or otherwise enjoy at the moment.
How much work experience is necessary?
Employers don’t expect you to have much experience working on a graduate scheme straight out of school or university. However, they do want to see that you have had some experience working with others or experience meeting expectations imposed upon you by an employer.
It may also be a good idea to find internships or other opportunities to find work within your chosen field. Internships may be especially beneficial because they provide you with a chance to meet people and make contacts within specific companies or within your chosen field in general.
Make it a point to network
One of your goals should be to meet as many people as possible regardless of what field that they work in. Knowing an influential person in any industry could open the door to potential partnerships or branding opportunities in the event that you choose to start your own company. Furthermore, you never know when a contact who you meet today may know someone at a company that you want to work for at some point in your career.
It is important to remember that, according to Dallin Larsen, “A life of significance is a byproduct of making the ‘best’ choices.” One of the best choices that you can make is to treat everyone as important and develop relationships with whoever you meet either in school or during your professional career.
Never stop learning
One easy way to get stuck in a job or career that you hate is to stop learning once you find work. By continuing to learn new things, you ensure that you are appealing to employers no matter how old you are or when you went to college. It also helps you to think about issues from different perspectives, which could lead to breakthroughs in both your personal and professional lives.
While you don’t necessarily need to go back to university for a formal degree, it never hurts to take professional development courses or get certified in specific competencies. In some cases, doing so will be the only way that you get promoted or remain viable in your field.
It is rare that you just luck into a successful career. For many, it takes hard work, dedication and a passion for the job at hand. By committing yourself to learning new things and meeting new people, you increase the odds that you will find work that you love and will want to be involved in for a long time to come.
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Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys reading reading books out on the lake while kayaking.