If you could do anything with your life what would it be (be realistic)? Do you want to manage a multi-million dollar corporation? Work in a third world country with the poor? Teach a class full of smiling faces? Or take pictures for a national magazine? These are all dream positions that are achievable if you take the correct steps toward your future. But where do you start?
With any career you want you first need to define it. Take a moment and write down what you want to do. Start with a job description including the different work place activities you want to do, setting, location, and everything else related to that position. Then review your list. Are there skills in there you do not currently have? Are there places on the list you need to be more familiar with? Once you decide which area you need to gain more experience in then you know where to start.
Relevant experience is a key element in any job search. The majority of employers want you to have at least one year relevant experience. This can be gained through part-time jobs, volunteer hours, internships, and course work. Choose these different experiences with your dream job in mind. Will they help you get to where you want to go?
But, are you one of those many individuals who is having a hard time narrowing down what your dream career is? Don’t worry you are not alone. There are several avenues you can take. Try shadowing someone in that career or at least talking with them; people already doing what you want to do can give you a lot of insight into that career. Check out the Career Mentor Network for some leads to professionals in the field. Doing internships in a field you are considering will also help you decide if it is what you want to do with the rest of your life (or at least for the near future). To help finding internship opportunities click on the CISTERNonline link to the right or come in and visit with out Internship Coordinator, Erin O’Dea.
And if you are still having a hard time deciding what your dream career is then come to our office! We are the best resource.