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This is a common and sad story for so many. How do you approach finding a career?
I shortened the title for this video because I just didn’t have the space. The question is, “I’m 29, have a useless degree, in debt, want to change careers and am completely lost. How can I managed to pursue a new and great life?”
This is a painful question. I'm not being sarcastic. There is an entire generation that feels this way. And they are right. Many of them have been sold useless degrees, wound up in debt and need to figure it out and don't know how to because the system is just treated them like sausage and put them to the meatgrinder to sell them degrees and not really outcomes. Horrible. Absolutely horrible.
To you older workers, I just want to say, shut up!” You weren’t any different at this age.
For those of you wanted to have careers and did have careers, God bless you. I know you took a linear path. You started off with that. But, I have to tell you, a lot of you in the same boat at this age, not sure what to do and couldn't figure it out and now that you are established, you’ve forgotten what it's like to be young and unsure and having been put through a system that doesn't try to help you get any more sure.
So, for you who are in this position, don't listen to the “ass wipes” because they are useless to you. However, what you can do is (#1) be patient with yourself. You don't have the answer and you're not going to have it tomorrow but you have to start beginning your process where you begin figuring it out. I know you think you been doing this up until this point by taking different jobs and that's can be part of the process for maybe another year or 2. Part of the process is also going to be being patient with yourself, easing up on yourself and just trying different things.
And in trying different things, I want you to not just take them at random. I would like you to start talking to different people who are already a little further along than you about how they got their jobs and what it’s like to work in that field.
So, I just started a series a little while ago about careers where I am interviewing people. I don't have a lot there yet but I will fairly soon. I talk with people who work in different professions about what it's like to work in that field. There will be more but consider taking a look for the careers playlist on my YouTube channel which could find JobSearchTV.com.
Try different things. Talk to different people about what it's like to work in different fields. Don't just listen to them complain because complaining is useless to you. Listen between the lines about what they do, what a typical day is like, what the problems are, what they like and don’t like, and what the future is like.
You can't get stuck in other people's complaining and you have to learn to read between the lines to the stuff that really matters to you period you can be doing a great profession in a crappy firm and feel like crap and then, you stop and say, “ what and I taking away from this. I'm learning something that's very marketable peer a” but the idea is to talk to different people, bounce around a bit, (because, frankly, it’s normal as you figure things out and get experience in that profession.
Always talk to people period connect with people who our doing the kind of work. You can do through LinkedIn, Facebook, a whole host of different places and try to arrange quick conversations with them by phone, by email, on facetime, on Skype. . . Whatever way it is, just find a way to talk to people about what it's like to work in a particular profession.
Make sure you maintain the contact information for them so that, in this way, you can get back in touch with them in the future and say, “I really appreciated the time that you took to help me. This is where I am right now. Your advice gave me a lot of hope, potential and guidance. Thank you.”
These people can become mentors to you in the future if you take the time to reconnect with them from time to time. You don’t want to be doing this every week, but if you land in a profession, or if you choose to exclude it, where you can tell them, “I really appreciate the fact that you took time with me period based upon what I heard, I learned enough to know that this really wasn't right for me. Now, I’m doing such and such and your advice was really helpful by helping me to decide not to make a mistake and go into the same field.
See where I am going? It's all about building a relationship and it's also about trial and error.
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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