My answer is i did exactly what you’re doing. I found mentors, people I admired, people I wanted to be like and learned what they did.
In college, I became obsessed with Malcolm X and Lyndon B. Johnson. Why those two? I found I could relate to a part of their story. This fired my own drive to succeed.
After college, like you, I continued to ask questions. I listened to understand, not to respond. I gravitated not to people necessarily in my career path but those who had wisdom. I’ve made it to where I am now by following the advice of those who’ve walked the walked. Keep asking yourself this question and you won’t regret a day in your life. Thanks Jeremy.
The same thing worked in my professional career. I didn't stay complacent and asked for new assignments or roles throughout my years.
This allowed me to gain experience and perspective that others did not have.
The last part is to never be scared to ask for help or development. I have asked many people over the years to help me develop new skills that were necessary for advancement. The old saying holds very true. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
I am a Ph.D. research scientist in Geophysics, working as a scientific consultant at NASA for two decades, followed by an academic appointment as Professor of Mathematics and Statistics for over a decade before my retirement recently.
How did I get to where I were at? The answer is hard work, hard work, and hard work.
It is important to keep in mind that, in order to get to our goal, we have to work hard and persevere in face of obstacles along our path. Furthermore, we should be ready to make the necessary sacrifice at times.
There will be failures and defeats along the way. I suffered failures and defeats at times, but only to consider them as valuable lessons to be learned for later successes. Keep your eyes at the prize. Do not give up easily, and do not be distracted by anything that will take you away from your destination.
Lyndsey J’s Answer
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After gaining some experience as an Optician I opened my own business. Eventually I had three Optical offices. I sold one of my offices and ran my businesses for 36 years. It was a great ride and I helped many customers along the way.
When I left my businesses I wanted to keep working and wondered what my next chapter would be. Luckily with my Optical License, Education and experience I took a job at a great company named Warby Parker. They treat all their employees very well but having a Optician License was in demand and I had many offers to choose from.
So pick a career that you love to do and that is in demand. So if you are lucky to choose an occupation that you love to do then you will not have to work a day in your life.
I would say for me it was all about connections. I took a job at a great company that I knew I wanted to work for, but wasn't sure the specific job was for me long term. A lot of times once you get your foot in the door at a company, moving into another position is a lot easier than applying from the outside (which I have just recently done). I would suggest attending career fairs and talking to your advisor about opportunities at companies you are interested in working for. I actually got into my current job via a recommendation from a family friend.
John Medeiros MS EHS
So how did I get here? I worked hard, remained flexible and when needing to, I took a step backward to take two steps forward. Never shy away from a challenge and when the idea of something new scared me I found a friend and did it anyway.
Be fearless or at least don't let them tell you that you can't do something.