Monday, September 30, 2013

A Fulfilling Career Path: Finding your Passions

My last class with the MSBA students revolved around the best way to answer the tough interview questions. One of the more difficult as well as common questions we came across was,
                                  "What makes you unique?/ Why should I hire you?"
In one way or another, you will be asked this in an interview. So how can you be unique from other recent graduates or current students?

A great way to differentiate yourself from other candidates when interviewing is to explain what your passions are. If you are having trouble discovering what you are passionate about, fear not!

Below is an article/ quiz you can take to help you figure it out. Finding your passions will also help you in discovering a career path that will be most fulfilling- the ultimate goal of today's job search.

The Passion Test

Speaking of fulfillment, here is an article breaking it down for us Generation Y-ers as to why our jobs are not living up to our expectations. Below is the advice given as you continue your search for a fulfilling career.

Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy
1) Stay wildly ambitious. The current world is bubbling with opportunity for an ambitious person to find flowery, fulfilling success. The specific direction may be unclear, but it'll work itself out -- just dive in somewhere.
2) Stop thinking that you're special. The fact is, right now, you're not special. You're another completely inexperienced young person who doesn't have all that much to offer yet. You can become special by working really hard for a long time.
3) Ignore everyone else. Other people's grass seeming greener is no new concept, but in today's image crafting world, other people's grass looks like a glorious meadow. The truth is that everyone else is just as indecisive, self-doubting, and frustrated as you are, and if you just do your thing, you'll never have any reason to envy others.

Marykate Kelly
Corporate Relations Manager, School of Business and Economics

1 comment:

  1. My friend sent me the Gen Y article and I thought it was really interesting. It made me think about my own presumptions for entering the workforce, and as the article points out we need to understand that this "rewarding career" doesn't happen overnight. But in this age of instant communication (and commenting on blogs) it's hard to be patient. I know I'm guilty of it!