President Obama recently said something that struck a chord with me… and has really changed my perspective on my career goals: “Stop asking what you want to be.” The concept, discussed with the latest class of white house interns (see the video below), is so simple: Stop Asking What You Want to Be… Start Asking What You Want to Do For instance: Instead of: “I want to be a teacher,” what if you thought, “I want to mold young minds and educate the world” Instead of: “I want to be in politics,” what if your outlook was, “I want to solve
In a world filled with constant chatter about the speed of change, the ongoing disruption of industries, and the need to be nimble: does building a traditional career plan still make sense?
Said another way: Should we always know the perfect answer to the “Where do you see yourself in five years?” question?
Welcome, college students! Welcome (or welcome back) to the hallowed halls, the academic grind, to a life of independence and adulthood.
And welcome back to the “big lie”…
Hey… do you want to read another post about how to set New Year’s resolutions for a successful job or internship search?
Sorry. This isn’t one of them.
The truth is… January 1st isn’t magical. It’s a date on the calendar like any other.
But perhaps therein lies the magic. Any date can be made a special starting day – even today!
To build a good career takes dedication… you can get there with proper career planning and self-reflection. On the contrary, a miss-step in choice may lead to a frustrating life without meaning.
The earlier you begin to plan for a career, the more likely you are to succeed. College is an ideal time to begin. And you don’t even need a major or specific career direction in mind, yet. The key… is to get started!
To be totally honest, I can’t exactly remember what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I definitely didn’t dream about being in H.R. or recruiting, or running a career advice site.
It’s funny how, early on, you show such clear signs of what you love to do. If you’re feeling lost in your career, call your parents, or your childhood friends, and have them remind you of what you loved and chased as a kid. Maybe it won’t be relevant at all… But maybe it will remind you of your true calling.