Steve Jobs said it best (I will paraphrase a bit), “People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you are doing, and it’s totally true. The reason is because it is so hard (that) if you don’t, any rational person would give up. It’s really hard, and you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don’t love it, you’re not having fun doing it, you are going to give up. That’s what happens to most people. The ones who became successful did the things they loved so they could persevere when the going gets tough.”
So here you are. You want to secure:
But you are not sure what that is. In fact, when you think about getting a job, more energy is spent thinking about ‘getting a job’ then assuring it is ‘a job you are passionate about.’ A job and a career you will really love.
There is no one-way to pull this off, but let me share a technique that can help you figure this out.
Over-arching in this quest is to stay curious about finding your passion, interests and skills. When a spark goes off, as you hear about a job, you see an emerging industry, you meet someone accomplished in his or her career and it looks like fun. Note it, then dig deeper.
THE LIBRARY DISCOVERY TECHNIQUE
I recommend for as long as you are at college, make a monthly appointment with yourself and visit the library. The sole purpose of this visit is to explore for your career passion that will lead you to eventual employment. Start optimally, during the first semester of your freshman year.
Head to the periodical section and then have fun.
Key to this is staying organized, not just for your Library Discovery Trips, but once you are on this mission, you will hear things and you will want to note it in a central place:
Additionally, the light may go off by:
Once you begin to seek
Then you will get good at recognizing areas that you might want to explore further. Just note them on your spreadsheet so that you can review, prioritize, eliminate, or seek more information about them.
The magic of doing this every month is that it will keep your curiosity and your antenna tuned both to finding opportunities and your passion.
Key objective for all is to leave campus with a job. If you stay both curious and organized, you will vastly better your odds of not only landing that job, but embarking on career you love, and one where you can become amazingly successful.