Hi Tamikia, first I want to congratulate you on realizing the importance of choosing a career with intentionality! There can be significant pressures (parents, student loan bills coming due) that lead many people to accept the first job offer that pays the bills. Hold on to your dreams!
After I graduated from college with a major in English Literature, I had no idea what I wanted to do, besides (probably) work in business. Someone recommended that I read and work through a book called "What Color Is Your Parachute?", and I am so glad I did – even though it required a lot of introspection and writing, and it took several precious months. This book is still being revised every year, and costs just $13. This book will help you get to know yourself, your values, your preferences, and your skills much better. It will also coach you in job searching skills. The stories it will have you write about your experiences will become rich material for future job interviews, in which you will be selling your passion and potential more than your job skills.
I believe in this book so strongly that I recently gave a copy to our friends’ daughter (a college senior), and bought another one for myself, because re-connecting to your dreams and values is an activity that we need to do throughout life.
I wish you the best of success, and I am sure you will do very well.
Jennifer recommends the following next steps:
- Read a book called "What Color Is Your Parachute?"