“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I grew up having that mindset about work. I love how the seemingly menial tasks become enjoyable just because your heart is in the right place. So you could say, I fancy the thought of getting that dream job as young as I could remember.
“What’s next for you after college?,” people ask me almost always after the usual greetings. And although going after my dream job would be the perfect response, there’s still that hanging question: how do I know it’s gonna be THE job I love?
The road to #adulting isn’t always easy, and so are the decisions that you have to make along the way. Thank goodness, these game plans made my first job hunt a rather exciting adventure:
In a world where everything seems to be moving fast forward, it’s no wonder people are overwhelmed and perpetually busy. I was guilty of this my whole school life! Now that I’m knee-deep into adulthood’s next season, one thing I learned (and still trying to learn) is the art of rest. Resting after college did not only allow me to regain hours of lost sleep (read: #thesisdays), it also helped realign myself to things I value.
It’s okay, take some time off. The world’s gonna be fine. Recalibrate. Declutter. Rest until it becomes natural as breathing– because it should.
Asking someone never costs anyone anything. Not asking, however, might cost you your dream job. Seek wisdom from people who knows you at your best and worst, your strengths and weaknesses– even your pet peeves and happy pills! These things will come handy for your #JobHunting101.
I’ve already lost count how many people I asked, but I’ll never forget their insights on questions I’ve been wanting to ask. Your parents, friends, and even your thesis adviser might have the answers you’re looking for!
Repeat after me: there. is. no. harm. in. asking.
When I was still figuring out what I wanted to do in life, my friends would always ask me, “What’s that one thing that you are willing to do for the rest of your life even without getting paid?”
It’s a good question and it makes perfect sense.
What do you really want to do? Usually, a good starting point would be things you enjoy doing on your free time. For some, it’s volunteering. Others, a passion project. So go ahead and list them down! You’ll never know how much easier deciding will be when things are narrowed down.
I knew what I wanted and intentionally set markers whenever I considered a job. Deciding became so much easier because I learned to say no to the good because I know I’m saving my yes to the best.
Leaving the student life may give you some real #sepanx feels, but know that embracing the adulting life is nothing short of exciting too! So what are you waiting for?
Rest. Ask. Reflect. Seize that dream job!