It's Never Too Early to Look for Your Career Path

by McKenzie Chapman   Ulticareer  | Goals  | Job search  | Advice  | Career decision  | Building connections  | Productivity  | School  | Career advancement  | Inspiration  | Finding purpose  | 
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Sometimes we may think that we’re jumping the gun when we begin something before we feel fully ready. But the truth is we’re never 100% ready. There will always be some excuse we can give to put off starting. However, it’s always better to start early so you can be better prepared. 

 

This doubly applies to careers. Even if you don’t feel confident, you should still put in the work in terms of preparing and looking for the right job for you. There’s always more to learn and everyone starts somewhere. 

 

If you’re not sure where to begin, start by researching different careers on UltiCareer. You can find out what you’re interested in, and read firsthand accounts of the benefits and drawbacks of various careers.  

 

Here are a few tips to getting jump-started! 

  

Reflect 

Only you know what you really want, and only you are able to really give that to yourself. Ideally, where do you see yourself? What would you be doing? Even if you’re not at the point in your life where you can make a big jump to that place, it’s never too early to start dreaming and planning for that shift. 

 

Take classes and research 

If you’re not sure what career you want or what path to take, there’s no harm in trying it out and learning more about it in a class related to it. When I was in college, I thought I wanted to study art history, but after one class I realized I hated it. When you’re taking a class, you’re able to explore your interests while the stakes aren’t quite as high as when you’re applying to various jobs. You’ll learn something along the way, and you can start taking different classes online whenever you’d like! It’s never too early to do a Google search, research what you’re interested in, and decide if it’s something you’d like to pursue. 

  

Read about it 

When you know you have an inkling of interest in something that has the potential to lead to something more, read about it! Stay up to date on industry news, go to the library and check out related books, and find out what the seminal texts are that everyone in that field knows and refers back to over and over again. Even if you don’t have a job in the field that you want, it’s never too early to start preparing for that job by reading about it.  

  

Use your existing network 

Even if you haven’t found the right networking events and the right people to approach in a new field, it’s never too early to start spreading the word about what you want. Use your existing network! Tell everyone you know what your goals are so that if they know someone that knows someone, they may think of you! Just because you haven’t achieved your goals yet doesn’t mean you can’t talk about them yet.  

 

Expand your industry network 

We already talked about using your existing network, but you should be expanding your network too. Follow thought leaders in your industry on social media, connect with people on LinkedIn, and interact with them! Even if you feel like a beginner, it’s never too early to start building those connections. Ask people for their advice, and be curious about their experiences. Set up informational interviews with people in positions that you’d one day like to be in. These can give you great insight into what it may be like for you to achieve your goals. 

  

Keep your resume updated 

You just started a new job, why would you update your resume? It’s never too early to keep your resume updated. You should have the mindset that you’re working for yourself, and with that in mind, you should always be working on your personal branding. You got a new job, and you should be proud of that! It’s never too early to be prepared for the next step 

  

Attend career fairs 

If you’re still in school, you can still attend career fairs, and I even recommend it. Although you may not be ready for a job, you can still look at what options are out there. At a career fair you can learn about networking and find out about positions that you may not have ever heard of before. It can spark your curiosity and help guide you in a different path than you had originally planned, and one that may ultimately be better for you.  

  

Look at job postings, even if you’re not ready to apply 

Similar to attending a career fair even if you’re not ready to begin a job, look at job postings for positions you’d hypothetically be interested in. This can give you an idea of what recruiters are looking for and what you have to do to get there.  

 

It’s never too early to be curious, do your research, meet new people, find out what you want, and start working for it! Getting a head start is never a bad thing, and you can get started by researching careers on UltiCareer’s database. 

 

How did you start working toward your career goals? Do you have any additional advice to share? Tell us about what your type of job is really like on UltiCareer’s survey and help students, or anyone, discover a career path that’s right for them.


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