Let’s just cut to the chase. There’s a lot of competition in today’s job market, and with more and more individuals graduating from college many are worried that it might be too hard to position themselves as a person of value. Here’s my response to that: yes, the job market may be saturated, but it’s nowhere near short of opportunities. It’s all in how you look at things. When you’re surrounded by people — especially those who are unemployed — who constantly spout negativity about the “hardships of finding a job in today’s economy,” you may suddenly find yourself believing what they say and adopting their way of thinking. I’m a firm believer in the fact that you have what you say. Saying you’ll never find a job is one of the fastest ways to block a blessing. However, if you flip the script and continually confess that you’re going to have a successful career, I guarantee you that it WILL eventually happen. That doesn’t go without saying you have to put in the proper amount of work to get a great outcome, because faith without works is dead.
Job hunting takes a lot of discipline and dedication. It’s actually a job within itself, and those who see results are usually the ones who have their stuff together. I’m talking extreme go-getters who maximize the opportunities that come their way, whether it be networking, volunteering, or even unpaid internships. While I was in college I made it a point to get as much professional experience as possible, because I knew it would set me apart from the other soon-to-be college graduates. I’ve always said that a degree is just a “first class ticket to success,” not a meal ticket that guarantees employment without experience. So I interned. In fact, I completed five internships. Most were unpaid and a couple were paid. At some points I even worked a part-time job in addition to my internships, all while juggling a full load of classes and maintaining a good GPA. Because I put in all that work early on, I was fully employed by the time I finished school. Not boasting or anything, because this all happened in ADDITION to my faith in Christ, so I can’t take all the credit for my accomplishments. I’m just trying to prove a point: whether you went to college or not, you MUST have experience in order to be qualified for most, if not all the current job openings out there. With little-to-no experience, you’re likely to start your career with an entry-level job (i.e., a personal assistant or administrative role). Most entry-level positions are unglamorous, require a lot of hard work, and pay very little. Your first reaction may be to dodge those opportunities, but DON’T. It might be a foot in the door to your dream job.
If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re already searching for a job or preparing for your hunt. Well I’ll leave you with this: everything is going to be OK. No matter how young or mature in age you are, just know that anything is possible with faith and a great work ethic.