Many people will say that you need to have good interview skills, showcase a diverse portfolio, or have strong connections who can recommend you for a role. While these things are important, they’re forgetting the most important thing…experience.
To get experience, you first need a job. But to get a job, employers demand experience. What a paradox!
At first, I thought I was trapped in this cycle as well. Somehow, I managed to find my way out of it and thought I’d share it with others who were in the same situation. Hopefully, you’ll be able to overcome it the way I did.
Last year, I was pursuing my studies with a Diploma in Mass Communication in a local college.
As a student majoring in Journalism, I dreamed of working in a news or media company, like Vox or New York Times. However, the field was highly competitive and many graduates were competing for the same position.
I realized that I had to do something to stand out, so I tried looking for internship opportunities. However, many companies were cutting costs and preferred to hire interns that were willing to put up with lower pay. I refused to give up and continued sending out as many applications as possible.
3 months later, I still couldn’t nail a job. I was forced to consider my current options; a) pick any job that came along, and endure it until I found a better opportunity. b) continue this cycle of applying and getting rejected. c) consult an education counsellor.
I went with C.
I didn’t want to waste any more time. Even if I did find a job, chances are I wouldn’t stay in it for long. I didn’t want to waste my hard-earned diploma drudging through a job I didn’t even enjoy.
Now, I won’t have any issues finding work no matter where I go. The world is my canvas. I’m thinking of heading to Australia next!
If you’re looking for work experience that will take you outside your comfort zone, I definitely recommend studying abroad! The knowledge and perspective you gain really provides that kickoff you need to jumpstart your career.
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