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How can I land a job that I thoroughly enjoy after college?

I need to commit myself to working as hard as possible. I believe the more time I put into something the better I get and anything that I do to be productive can only help me in the future. So definitely trying to be as productive as possible.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Hello Karlin,

Nice to meet you!

I like how you mentioned that you need to be "working as hard as possible" and to be as "productive as possible."

As much as this is admirable, please ensure you are getting proper rest and give yourself time to rejuvenate. Alot of working professionals I meet dedicate all odd hours of the day to their work, and while it is very stimulating, it can also be energy draining. Just something to keep in mind :)

In terms of landing a job that you will enjoy, the best advice I can give you is to ensure that your passions and desires align with that of the company / position you are applying for. Research the company ahead of time and discover their contributions and achievements.

There is the one hand that you want to make sure you enjoy the role you are performing, but on the other hand, the company has to provide the right culture that aligns with your values, in order to be truly happy with your job.

List of to-do's:
1) Research the type of job you are interested in and learn the ups and down of going into that industry. If possible, research associations to meet people who currently work in the field and ask what they enjoy most and the challenges they face.

2) Once you do find the job you desire, and apply to the relevant companies. Ask in the interview process, the types of growth opportunities. The reason being that on-going learning is essential in any job you pursue, in order to keep up with industry standards, and companies should be willing to invest in their employees to succeed and benefit their organization by offering opportunities.

Hope this was helpful to you, and wishing you the best of luck in your career journey!

Kind regards,
Jennifer Bari
Thank you comment icon Networking, networking, networking. Very great advice and solid answer here. I would be simply rephrasing this answer at best if I did answer myself. 😉 Mary Bell
Thank you comment icon Thanks Mary! :) Jennifer Bari
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Karlin! There are a number of ways to do this but I think it all comes down to doing some research prior to applying for a job to make sure that you know what you are signing up for. You can start by asking professionals in the industry to have a transparent conversation with you on what they love about their jobs and what they hate - every job will have challenges but sometimes those are rewarding. Another great way of doing research is to try to ask someone that works for the company you are applying to so that way you get perspective on the company's culture and whether you will be a great fit for you too. There are great recognizable brands out there that don't have the best company reputation so it is important to do the research before. You can also research the company's website to see what they stand for but just be a bit skeptical since company's will always speak well about themselves so it is better to get a third party perspective. There is a website called Glassdoor where you can see reviews for some companies - that might be a good way too. It's all about the research. Good luck!
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Jadyn’s Answer

It's not about the job, it's about you. Do you have the ability to choose happiness? Are you resilient in the face of failure? Do you have a good relationship with yourself? How stable is your self esteem?
You* make the choice to enjoy the work.
Jobs enable us to pay bills, meet people, and contribute in some way to our community. You can stumble in and out of jobs until you figure yourself out. You can stick to one job because stability is important to you. You could even go BIG by making your own business -if you're a workaholic, this would be the path to take.
Point is: an employer doesn't invest in making sure their employees "enjoy" working for them. They're looking to maximize on your productivity for their profits. If you're looking for work you can enjoy, that choice to be happy comes from within.
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Shruti’s Answer

Love your passion and the admire the voice inside your head. That is what is going to take you places.
But remember to not be hard on yourself and also remember there is always a second chance and it is never too late.
Hard work without smart work is no good.
Just because someone puts lot of hours and works hard does not mean they are delivering something useful.
So remember to check-in with yourself every now and then.
And always try to be better than your version of yesterday than comparing yourself with someone else.
Competition with yourself is the best kind of competition and also a sustainable one.
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