A vast majority of people like to claim that your “dream” job is just waiting for you around the corner, only if only you wait and stay true to your passions. Being narrow-minded about pursuing a job that aligns with your passion is a fairly dangerous strategy. Firstly, your passion doesn’t promise dinner on the table – harsh, but true. Secondly, chasing your passion doesn’t diminish the point that there will periodically be elements of your job that will not excite you.
If you’re gearing up to join the workforce soon, here are a few invaluable pieces of graduate career advice that will help you succeed in securing a job without sacrificing your mental well being.
1. Know when to quit:
At a time where hustle, tenacity, and perseverance are glorified, letting go of something that doesn’t actively contribute to your professional growth can feel like the wrong thing to do. After all, if you just keep working at it and giving your 110 percent, you’re eventually going to get there, isn’t it?
Well, not if you’re toiling away at something that’s not right for you.
Caroline Cotto, Culture Content Creator at HubSpot, recently admitted in an interview with The Fast Company that “she was extremely self-conscious about quitting her first job as a researcher at a nutrition lab” even after realizing that “it was the wrong place for her.” Afer joining HubSpot, she soon changed her mind, and touts “quitting and refusing to settle for a job I did not enjoy” as “probably the best decision of her life.”
2. Learn when to say ‘no’:
Yes, opportunities knock on our door when we least expect it, and sometimes they come with a promise of bigger and better things, however, sometimes it can be an intelligent decision to say no, especially these opportunities are more likely to hinder with your ability to be good at your job.
Lauren Berger, Founder of InternQueen.com explains that a college graduate’s desire to go out of their way can render them overworked, and prone to overlooking their core duties.
She goes on to state that you might be skilled at “everything”, but once you’re hired for any job, you have to concentrate on the work at hand. As a brand-new employee, holding back and saying ‘no’ to that extra project can be a smarter decision.
3. Find meaning in ‘grunt work’:
Kevin Lancelin, Apparel Designer at Nike told Fast Company that right from the beginning of his college degree, his long-term “dream” goal was to work at Nike. So, he went ahead and designed his curriculum and coursework to put himself in the best possible position to work for the sports apparel company. “I really studied to impress Nike,” he told Fast Company.
Remember, even if you do end up being stuck with a substantial amount of grunt work, silently complaining is not the only alternative. You can be diplomatic about making the best of the grunt work, for instance, discovering a specific niche that you can excel at, especially if happens to be something no one else wants to touch.