How Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone Can Kickstart Your Career

August 1st, 2017 at 2:00am

When going off to college, there are a myriad of choices that are presented to you. What college will you attend? What classes will you take? Who will you befriend? But, for many of us, the most intimidating question is how do I start my career?

The pressure to get a head start on our chosen career path can be scary enough for us to want to hide in our dorm rooms in an endless Netflix spiral. But, have no fear! Check out a few tips on giving your career a jump start while you’re still in college.

1—If there is an opportunity, take it (no matter what it is). Especially at the beginning of your career, seeking out any kind of opportunity (even if that means being an assistant to an assistant) is vital. It is the first few steps toward your career that build the base and give you character. Even though the job itself may feel mundane, demonstrating that you have the hustle and can-do attitude to do those not-so-glamorous jobs can really show future employers that you work for everything you get. Let your resume tell the story of “started from the bottom now we’re here.”

2—You’ll never be ready if you wait until you are. Hesitating when presented with challenging or intimidating opportunities is natural. However, wanting to wait until you’re ready, have more experience, or feel more confident in your skills will only result in career stagnation. Being in college comes with a lot of struggles and learning opportunities, but some of the most rewarding experiences are those you didn’t think you could handle but do. If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll never be.

3—Network with upperclassmen Depending on various factors, networking with upperclassmen can be a delicate matter. However, it is often one of the best ways to get those first few jobs in your career field. Talking to upperclassmen about their previous internships, jobs, or interview experiences can give you a step up and even a job or internship of your own. Granted, it can sometimes be challenging to build relationships with upperclassmen, showing them that you are tenacious and driven can go a long way. Try going out of your way to ask an upperclassman in your program out to coffee to chat about their experience. I have found that some of the best jobs I’ve gotten so far in college have been from upperclassmen recommendations or previous positions.

4—Fake it ‘till you make it! If you don’t feel like you deserve the job, internship, or opportunity, your employer won’t either. Dress smart, look confident and fake it until you feel it.

Do you have any more tips or experiences about getting your career going in college? Comment below or tag @CFashionista on social media!