“Overwhelmed.” That was the most common comment from Seniors at our Careers and Coffee event last week. So if that feeling describes you, you’re not alone!
The Senior Checklist for Career Success is meant to help with that feeling, to break down the steps necessary to move out into the world of work. It’s a checklist with the resources and tools to get the job done.
Let’s take a closer look at the second item, Pursue Expertise. You’ll find lots of ideas on the Checklist to get engaged and build skills. Looking at the Work Life Cycle you will see that this isn’t a linear process. You can start anywhere and move to the other items when you are ready. The core idea of “Pursue Expertise” is “Do something!” Unfortunately, the most common result of feeling overwhelmed is procrastination or doing nothing at all.
Kaizen is the Japanese philosophy of small steps to meet a great goal. “So, next time you’re procrastinating, just take a single step; that may be all you’ll need to get yourself going,” writes Lynda Edwards on her site on beating procrastination.
Ask yourself, “What’s one small thing that I can do this week to move towards my post-graduation goals?” Look at the Checklist and pick one resource that you can use to move towards that goal. Make a commitment to yourself to take that one small step.
If you feel like you still don’t know what your post graduation goals are, review item one, “Assess and Prioritize” and consider making an appointment with a counselor.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. –Mark Twain.