In your career, it will be important to lean on qualities you can bring and the relevant experience.
When you’re early in your career, you may not have relevant experience because you’re still exploring what you want to do and haven’t had a chance or are still focusing on school, which are both totally fine.
So the most valuable things you can be bringing to your interviews and conversations are going to be the qualities that will show them that you will grow into someone who can have tremendous impact on their platform. Some of these traits can be: curiosity (are you the kind of person that loves to understand everything about what they’re doing and why?), grit (are you willing to do what it takes?). Tell people how you’ve shown this in the past, maybe you were the person that enacted some change in school, started a trend, went out of the scope to learn or do something new like take certification classes.
But most importantly, focus on exploring and finding what you like. Once you do, curiosity and grit (and excitement to do the work) will come naturally because that one seed of thing you liked will extend into relevant activities and work that you may also enjoy.
Hope that helps!
Christine recommends the following next steps:
- If you already know what you want to do after college, ask for informational interviews with employers to understand what they're looking. Reach out on LinkedIn to people who work there and ask if you can chat with them.
- Participate in extracirriculars. It tells employers you want to do more and gives you a chance to find what you're interested in.