We know you know that sense of overwhelming panic when someone starts talking about The Optimum Career Path.
We also know, from researching a plethora of profiles and options for this site, that the ‘optimum’ career path doesn’t exist. The reality is rarely a series of straight A to B progressions into a Dream Job followed by a cosy white-picket-fence retirement.
Since the evolution of technology only continues to speed up, the job market is a perpetually changing landscape. A significant number of roles are available now that simply didn’t exist 5 years ago, and the same will be true in 5 years time. The key is understanding that your career path will not look like your grandparents did, or even your parents for that matter.
The most important thing you can attain at this stage is transferable skills and experience. Getting either paid or volunteer work experience is going to make crafting a CV so much easier because you’ll have so much more to say. With experience under your belt you can confidently extract skills you used during your time and give examples of each; make it easy for employers to see your potential. We all know what we deserve from a job, the key is making sure that you’re best equipped to achieve it.
That being said, if you can’t gain work experience and are stuck in the viscous and all too common circle of “no one will give me a job without experience but I need a job to get experience” – don’t panic. Easier said than done, we know, but all is not lost. Lead with what you have instead, e.g. education. Focus on academic achievements at school, college, sixth form and uni – you have stuck with education for years highlighting a strong motivation to learn. Your grades are consistent, demonstrating a strong and reliable work ethic. You can still create a populated CV without experience, just use evidence from personal or academic situations instead of the workplace.
The idea of selling yourself through a CV is definitely a universally daunting task that will require a lot of effort, but will ultimately make you much more confident in your own abilities. Once you know your worth you can strive for it and accept nothing less. The aim of this site isn’t to intimidate you but to make the idea and attitude to job seeking more optimistic. It’s not as scary as it sounds!
Fluidity in the job market will only scare you if you let it – embrace the change with optimism and confidence in your ability to adapt. Build a job you actually want to do. Change sectors, re-train, go back to education – do whatever it is you need to grow in that moment regardless of societal input. Only you know what success looks like for you.
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.Albert Camus