Figuring Out What You Want to Do

As you begin your career you need to determine what you want to do, for a living and for that matter, with you life.  During your campus years, it is best to at least develop an hypothesis and being your discover in that direction.

If you keep your desire to figure this out as a priority, all will be well.  If you just go class to class, or assignment to assignment, and think it will come upon you at some juncture, you are lacking strategy and wasting time.  Here are some ways you can help yourself:

  • schedule two hours to explore and discover every month.  If you are on campus head to the library, go by yourself, unplug from social media and emails, and search for something that will excite you.  If you are in your early years of work, see if there is logical progression from where you are to a logical future.  If not, craft a plan of either discovery or navigation.
  • Run any ideas through the Filter of Five.  You want to make sure you are entering into a career that has the ability to challenge, sustain and reward you over the span of your working years.
  • Begin a process of informational interviews.  Once you have an idea of what will be exciting, look to other who are in that field to do further discover.  You will build your subject matter expertise, figure out if this is for you, expand your network and you will run across exciting places where you might want to work.
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Attached you will find a link to 8 minutes that can change your life IF, you follow what NY Times best selling author David Bach says.  He outlines the essence of his blockbusting best seller, The Automatic Millionaire.  He even offers a free download of an updated version of that work, and Start Over Finish Rich for free.  Both works are timeless and apply perfectly to you today. Read More...

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On nearly every college campus I visit, Freshmen don’t frequent the Career Center. They figure getting a job is soooooo far off, so they don’t prioritize that activity. As Seniors stare down the barrel of ‘needing a job’, nearly all wish they had started this process sooner, and for good reason. Of students who graduate with a bachelors, half get a job that required a degree. Read More...

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Your twenty-something years are critical for your success for three reasons:

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There are three macro objectives one must achieve as you navigate through your learning years:

  1. Get your education
  2. Figure out what you want to do
  3. Become employed

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Your first job is very important as you depart from campus. If you have done a great search, you not only have a job, but it is the first step in a career that you are very excited about. It should be an area or industry that will grow over the course of your working years, so as you become great, opportunity abounds. That first job also can be precedent setting as well. Read More...

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