One of the things they do not teach you in school is that the road to finding your dream job is not going to be easy. For the past few years since I graduated from college, I was stuck at deciding what career I really wanted to pursue. I was totally lost. I’m not saying I already found “the one” but I can say that I am happy where I am now. Landing and staying on my current job was not as easy as A, B, C. It was a gradual process, a long and complicated process. On the journey of deciding what path I should take, here are some unexpected truths that I discovered in my job journey.
LIFE IS NOT A RACE. Take your own trail and disregard the others. There’s no one here to compete with but yourself.
THEIR PATH WILL NEVER BE YOUR PATH.
My mother would always tell me, “Ang kapalaran ni Pedro ay hindi kapalaran ni Juan.”(Pedro’s fate is not the same with Juan’s.)
A few months before my college graduation, most of my friends already knew what they wanted to do with their lives: enter the Law school, work abroad, write in a newspaper, and so on. I was so envious of them – I wanted to follow their career paths. But after giving it some careful thought, I realized, their plans do not fit into my interests and my goals in life. We each have our individual needs and goals. Do not let other people’s paths redirect yours.
UNLEASH YOUR SKILL. Make the most of what you’ve got and show the world that you can do it.
IT IS UNNECESSARY TO FOLLOW THE SOCIETY’S STANDARD AND EXPECTATIONS.
I studied Bachelor of Arts in Communication, major in Journalism and minor in Broadcast Communication. All of my relatives were expecting I would be a newscaster, but I never imagined myself to be the next Mel Tiangco or Karen Davila, or any famous broadcast personality.
Contrary to what people expected me to be doing after college, I now work in an Internet security company. It was a job I saw where I can apply what I learned from my degree. We do not need to be limited to the expected jobs of our college degree. There are a lot of jobs related to a particular course. Get out of the box! You will be surprised at the diversity of jobs out there that you could choose from and you will enjoy doing.
CONTINUE TO IMPROVE YOURSELF. Do not stop honing your best asset.
KEEP ON SEARCHING, KEEP ON LEARNING.
Like what most fresh graduates do, I insanely sent out copies of my resume to different companies. Any job ad that had the word communication in it – name it – I applied for it. I have to admit I did not know what career I really wanted back then. This was a good way of finding what would be a good match for me. Remember there is no need to pressure yourself to decide the right career path for you. Whether you are in the middle of your college years or in a stable job, it is never too late to shift careers if you feel to. Take your time and continue to find what makes you happy. Who said you have a deadline to meet, anyway?
ALWAYS BE POSITIVE. The journey in finding the right job for you will surely be rough so stay optimistic and just enjoy the ride, like what my officemates and I did last summer outing!
OPTIMISM IS THE SECRET.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” said Confucius.
Every job is different from another. It possesses both upsides and downsides. But at the end of the day, it’s about your attitude at work that will dictate your success at work. Learn as much as you can. Know your targets and deliver as promised on time. Keeping an optimistic perspective at work will help you get through the challenges you face at work and even bring smiles to the people you work with.
Shiela May Aballa works as a writer and an editor. She writes her adventures in her own travel blog. At the same time, she is a Content Specialist in an multi-national internet security company. When she’s not proofreading technical articles in the office, she’s either wandering somewhere in the country or planning an itinerary for her next destination. Know more about her by checking out her blog: http://shoestringtravel.net/.