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The Know-How to Finding a Job You’re Actually Passionate About.

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For every student there comes a time in your two/three/four year undergraduate degree where you ask yourself: Is this what I want to do with the rest of my life?

If you’re lucky enough, you’ve already realized your lifelong passion and redirected your plan accordingly. But, if you’re anything like the 99% of college students out there – you have absolutely no idea what you’re going to have for dinner, let alone what to do with the rest of your life. So how do you go about figuring that out? Use those antennas of yours and EXPLORE.

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You’re young, but you’re not THAT young. Take your time and try the different opportunities that present themselves to you. Whether it be a job, student club or case competition, think of them as a tasting platter of what the world can offer you. At the same time though, don’t get too comfortable with any single offering – you don’t want to place all your eggs in one basket just yet.

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Make friends. It’s important to get to know people, even if you’re not the most social person. You’d be surprised with the power of networking. More often than not, a personal connection gets you a higher position and a better paying one. You never know, that one drunken night spent with the incomprehensible girl with the pink stilettos may be the key to your future.

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Know your info, fool. Before diving any further, you must know three things:

  1. What you’re good at and what YOU can offer
  2. What you’re truly passionate about and how you can SHOW that
  3. The INDUSTRY itself

As with anything, you’ll be starting from the bottom – so make it easier for yourself and do a little research before diving in. It’ll go a long way, trust me. Your seniors will also have a little more respect for you because you don’t appear / sound like you live under a rock.

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Lastly: BE AWARE OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA. This speaks for itself, but you’d be surprised with some of the stuff you see on Facebook. Don’t be THAT person. Understand the ins-and-outs of your social media (FB, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) and don’t post things that people, especially potential employers, need to see (aka. Your head in a toilet.)

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