If you look up ‘career’ in a dictionary, it will say “an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.”
Sounds important, doesn’t it?
Well it is. If you work 40 hours a week, for the next 50 years – taking annual holiday into account – that’s close to 100,000 hours of work. That’s a pretty hefty amount of time spent doing something, so you might want to make sure it’s something you enjoy!
If you’re a graduate reading this blog, you may have absolutely no clue what your career is going to be – you may have millions of ideas of how you want to spend those 100,000 hours… or you may have none whatsoever.
Interestingly, when looking up ‘career’ in the dictionary you’ll also find a second definition: ‘move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way’. As in ‘the vehicle careered across the road and went through a hedge’. This alternative usage of the word career is how many graduates find their first job. Speedily scouring through job sites with no real control over what to look for or what to apply for.
‘Careering into a career’ may just be the right way of doing things. Don’t waste your time thinking about what you want to do for a living. Chances are if you’re in your twenties and you haven’t yet figured it out, then spending that extra few weeks having a ‘think’ isn’t going to make a jot of difference.
There’s no Google Maps or Tom-Tom that’ll pinpoint your career destination and find you the quickest or shortest route. There isn’t even an A to Z (for all you old-school heads). So don’t waste time in meticulously planning you’re career path, just jump in the car and make an educated guess.
You may end up driving for miles and miles and not find anything. Try and improve your CV and put more effort into those cover letters. Or brush up on your interview technique. Don’t worry, it can be long and arduous but everyone gets there in the end.
Are you driving round in circles? Maybe you’re in the career catch 22: you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. If this is you, think about getting some unpaid work experience or an internship. This will demonstrate your will and enthusiasm to succeed and could be a route into a permanent role.
Perhaps you’ve (like the vehicle in the example sentence) careered off into a hedge! Well get back on track and remember to steer a little. There’s a big open road out there with a million and one paths, just try not to fall asleep at the wheel!
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