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Building a successful career: follow your dreams…or not!

THE SUCCESSFUL CAREER RECIPE

Since children we have been told what to do to be successful. How to build a successful career was a priority lesson. It was a simple recipe to follow:

INGREDIENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER:

successful career recipe

✓ Go to school
✓ Be a good student
✓ Work hard
✓ Following your dreams
✓ Don’t party
✓ Read a lot
✓ Never give up
✓ Go to bed early

MIX IT ALL TOGETHER , keep waiting a few years- until about 22 years old. (but not a lot more, otherwise it burns) And then, voilà, here is the job you have been waiting and longing for so long!

Hm, dreaming is nice, isn’t it?

BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL CAREER…in real life!

Jokes aside, we all know that life is not a simple recipe to follow, and you are definitely aware of how difficult and draining is to build a professional career could be. But hey, the world was not made in one day, not even in seven days!  It takes time, energy, and a lot of commitment.

What needs to be said, times have changed and competition has became fierce. More and more people have, at least, a college degree. More and more people are travelling the world, having access to unimaginable amount of data, communicate more intensively. More people are getting all this valuable experience that we thought will make us strong.

So, how to face all this?

REFLECT ON THE STRATEGY!

change the strategy

Since the very first day you have been told and reminded about the future.
And the importance of one successful career in it. (annoying?)
 You have been told what you are supposed to do before and after graduating high school.
How to build hard and soft skills was on the top of the agenda – because this is what companies look for.

Don’t forget they are the ones to push you to your successful career.

You have been told to “do this and that” because it will improve your CV<, but above all

Why no follow your dreams?

But hey, either if you still are a student or an alumni, either if you are 25 or older, there is one thing that you may all have in common: you are still looking for a job, and you still haven’t found the job of your dreams. Moreover, recently you realise you have no idea what successful career is supposed to mean.

There is a reason for this: your strategy is most likely wrong!

TO FOLLOW OR NOT TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS: that is the question!

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Mike Rowe, professor at Prager University, comments on the paradox of the ideal successful career the following:

“When people follow their passion, they miss out on all kinds of opportunities they didn’t even know existed.”

This is the topic that inspired this year Job Action Day, which is going to take place on November 7th. The event was born in 2008 thanks to Quintessential , one-stop source for the latest career tools, job search tips, and expert advice. 

The event is thought for both future and current employees and professionals , and it aims at fostering people’s professional career by thinking differently. As stated in their website:

” It’s a day to take stock of your career and develop a plan for your next steps…It’s a day to explore options and develop new and better ways to track down job leads.”

The event it is also enriched by the presence of experts, professionals and bloggers who will provide advice to both job seekers and workers. So, why not starting to build your own strategy and future career by trying your luck there?

THINK DIFFERENTLY, ACT DIFFERENTLY!

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Here is the point! Either if you are a student trying to build a carreer, or a worker trying to re-invent him/herself, you need to think differently, you need to stop following the mainstream recipe. The world is a totally different place compared to years ago and what is required nowadays is to be active and ready to adapt to changes.

Being totally honest, the words by Mike Rowe really impressed me and almost shocked me. But it also made me reflect a lot and I got to the conclusion that in fact, he may be right. Think about this:
have you ever been so in love with someone that you couldn’t help but thinking of him/her, although your love was not corresponded?
OF COURSE YOU HAVE! 

This is what happens when you stick to your dream job. It happens when you don’t make an effort to change your mind and be flexible. Opportunities fly away and you are not even aware of this! 
And then, you start complaining about your oh-so-sad-and-unfair life. Well, DON’T DO THAT! Rather, read the following paragraph, cause it may help you 😉

LOOK FOR SOME GOOD TIPS, ASK FOR THE RIGHT ADVICE

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What you need to do, in order to either start or foster your career, is to ask for a piece of advice to professionals.

Nowadays, there are many website and agencies aimed at helping students, job seekers, employees build their CVs, prepare for interviews and so on. Most of them also provide a browser page where you can actually look for internships and job offer. Study Financing Netherlands is actually one of these, although it is not like all the other agencies, indeed it has an added value.

Studyfinancing.eu aims not only at helping you find the job or the internship that most match with your CV. It also aims at helping you build your professional career by advising you on how to first present yourself. In addition to this, its team of professionals will give you personalised study tips, it will be available for online meetings. And also it will provide you with direct contact details for HR person in company. Check on the “Job Guide” and Job Board” for more information on that!

 

IN CONCLUSION…

You all know it’s a mad and tough world, you are all aware of how difficulty finding a job- let alone the dream job– is. BUT, you are the owner of your destiny and you can do something to change it, if you don’t like it.

Be flexible
Be active
Think differently
Ask for advice the right people
Be open for new adventures

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HAS PREPARED FOR YOU!

 

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