Lately I have had a lot of questions on life post grad and staying motivated doing the daily grind. As it’s a new year we will start of with a gentle reminder:
If your career is not something you prioritise you’ll find yourself looking like stagnant water.
Let’s be real. Life after graduating can be very hard. Life in general is blooming hard. When you’ve gone through the typical schooling system, primary to high school, college/sixth form then university. It is easy to measure where you are and how you have progressed – up until you leave and find yourselves and your peers with very different schedules and educational/ vocational priorities.
Usually the difficulty also comes from dealing with the constant questions and expectation from yourself and others – comparison to others being the biggest thief of joy. I cannot tell you how many times one aunty or random uncle would ask and I’m sure we’ve all heard these at some point: still at the same place? Is it a graduate role/ good wage? Don’t stay there too long? Is it what you studied? Why isn’t it in what you studied? Did the wrong degree huh? Some people are rude y’all!
Remember whether it’s the job you want or one that simply pays the bills – you work hard to earn an honest living and that is something to respect. There is nothing wrong with having a job while you’re waiting on your job either!
That said, always be proactive with your time! Especially if you aren’t working employers will ask what you did with yourself during those breaks. Whether it was a short course you took, or a self initiated project you completed. Have something productive to say. This also helps to keep yourself motivated knowing you are always working on something. Don’t let your skills become dormant.
Be disciplined enough to create a schedule for yourself,
Actively apply for jobs. Often people will say they can’t find anything when they have looked a handful of sites and they get bored. Honey the bank does not tire of reminding you what your account balance is. Do not be disheartened easily. speaking to people is usually the best way to find out who is hiring and what you need to do.
If you are at work – manage your diary and keep up with meetings/ interviews. Nothing more painful than missing an opportunity because you didn’t check your emails.
Be persistent keep doing your research and continue to present yourself well. You are the best person positioned to sell yourself. I have lost count of the number of applications I made, phone calls that were had, interviews that were attended. But if you keep at it the right door will open for you.
I went from constantly being told no, not yet, and in some cases nothing at all; to having three job offers all at management level positions. And that didn’t happen by me sitting on my hands at home. And don’t get me wrong I’m extremely far from saying that I’ve made it – but I’m making my way.
Keep moving or it will feel like you’re moving backwards. And as we move closer to our goals let’s bring each other up, continue to motivate and seek inspiration. This leads to my next point.
Do not be afraid to ask. Ask others what they did to get to where they are. I used to hate asking questions for fear of feeling like you are pestering someone. But – if you don’t ask you don’t get. People prefer those that show too much interest than none at all. If they sense your hunger and drive they are more likely to help you or put you in touch with someone who can. (That said, ask but keep it relevant).
Patience is a difficult teacher but it rewards those who learn the art, very well. There’s nothing wrong with turning down positions that aren’t quite right. Don’t jump onto any and every opportunity. Know your worth. As hard as it is – especially if you have been waiting for a long time. You don’t want to jump into something only to jump out a month later in a worse position than before.
I know this is easier said than done but don’t worry God always has something for you.
Keep going, this year is yours to smash!