Who am I to write about how to find the best job for a person? I’m no Steve Jobs or CEO of a successful company—not yet, at least. I’m a normal human being trying to make a living in this world. So you may choose to read or head back on your IG feed. I’m not here to give you the do’s and don’ts of the career life. But I am here to tell a story—my story—not based on success but experience.
Here are a few tips of mine on getting, not the best job, but the right job. The job you know speaks for yourself. The job that showcases your talents and just tells the world “Here I am, people! This is what I’m good at!”
Here’s how I found the perfect job at my age.
I first landed a “real” job a year after college.
When I say real I mean actually paying taxes and getting a TIN and SSS number kind of real. Before that, I worked as a commercial and print ad model. These actually paid really big, before the rise of online influencers and the vlogging industry. But I just couldn’t count on it forever.
I took up AB Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. Now I’m in Marketing & Events and have been for 4 years now.
So, how and why the big change from my college course? I know it sounds cliché but it’s really true what they say: Find your passion in life for you to succeed. I am confident enough to say that marketing has definitely been a passion of mine since I first accidentally discovered it.
Quit if it doesn’t fit
You may be wondering what my first job was since I mentioned it previously. Well, I worked for the Department of Interior and Local Government. Yes, like all fresh grads, I gave my finished course a chance. And, yes. Like some fresh grads, it just didn’t work out. This wasn’t me. My first job became more routine than passion. I just couldn’t keep up with forcing myself to go to work every day.
Kids, when you feel like you are being forced to go to work, quit. Resign. Leave before it’s too late!
Don’t be afraid to gradually explore
After college, it’s okay to relax for a bit before finding a job. Unless you want to get into medicine or law since that requires quite a lot of one’s time. Enjoy your first few days, weeks, or months self-learning. Find a small-time or part-time job for the meantime. Travel or spend time with your family!
Live a little! Don’t take things so seriously. You are in your early 20s. Young, free and ready to take on the world. Who knows? During that period of time, you may discover yourself and find something you’re good at.
Work on your talents first
The first job usually doesn’t pay so much, since you haven’t built your resume with all your accomplishments yet. That’s fine! Don’t feel bad for not getting a high paying job on your first try. Work your way from there.
Build your resume! Join NGOs. Help out in community work. Volunteer over the summer. Show people that you are not lazy but eager to learn, any chance you get. Start small and work your way up. Work on what you are good at and everything else will follow.
Get out there! Meet new people!
One of the best and fastest ways to get noticed in our country is through the connections you make. Stop being so scared of small talk! Start befriending your upperclassmen in your orgs or your co-workers in your internships. Why not sit at the adult table during your next family reunion? Maybe your tito or tita has an offer or opportunity up their sleeve!
Don’t be an introvert. Well, try not to be one, if you can. And if it’s not too much to ask, always look for means and ways to get noticed. You are never someone if you hide behind your own shadow all the time. Life is too short, so get out there!
Find out what you’re good at and be yourself
If this takes time, that’s okay. “Slowly but surely” is too true. I found out I was good at marketing two years after college and I honestly regret not taking Marketing back in college. But if there’s one thing I learned: Look back on the past not to regret but to look forward and know that everything happens for a reason.
I meant what I said previously about accidentally getting the right job. It literally just landed on my lap with me not knowing what to do at all. But then it became something that came naturally to me which shocked me to my core. Of course, I had to study it on my own, read about it, research about it. Little did I know that I was actually good at curating events, talking to people, marketing a brand better, and managing one. It all made sense. This is who I am.
So don’t be afraid to show who you truly are—this is one of the best ways to find the right job for you and to do it smoothly and naturally as well.
Why focus on one passion when you can have two, three—maybe even four?
Ever heard of a multi-hyphenate individual? These are individuals who juggle multiple jobs at a time. I am guilty as charged. If I count now, I think I have 5 jobs right now and one is the small jewelry business I started back in 2016.
In the beginning, I wondered what I was doing to myself. No wonder I have strands of white hair growing weekly! But hey, if you know how to manage your time wisely and deliver, then it’s not so bad. Don’t get stuck with just one passion—have a bunch! With today’s social media advantages, you’ve got easy access to everything.
Have a day job that you love, and work on an online growing business at night. Stay tuned, I’ll talk more about this in my next article!
Just keep climbing that ladder and don’t stop until you can pat yourself on the back, book a ticket to the most beautiful island in the Philippines and watch the sunset and say to yourself, “Ya did it! You finally believe in yourself!”