Jemila Abdulai is a Ghanaian blogger, writer and digital marketer. That is in addition to being an economist, digital educator and bilingual communications and policy consultant. The creative powerhouse, is also the founder of Circumspecte.com, a website dedicated to enabling youth on their career journey.
Today on Let’s Get You Hired, we take three tips from Jemila to help you get your career on the path that you want it. This article is geared towards helping graduates get through their job search effectively, as well as provide tips to people looking to transition into new industries. Here are the tips.
Reverse-Engineer Your Goals
Reverse-engineering is a process that a lot of us undertake frequently, although maybe not quite as intentionally. It’s starting at the end, and then figuring your way to the beginning. In relation to your career, that means that you first put yourself in the career that you want. You envision yourself in that dream job. Done?
From that point, you need to identify the things allowed you to get to that position. Then, come up with a strategy to gain those skills and knowledge that will actually get you to that point. For example, Jemila always knew that she wanted to work in the international relations, within the francophone space specifically. That allowed her to focus on French earlier in her life, which ultimately led to her success on that career path.
Reverse-engineering allows you to focus on which skills to develop, which jobs you apply for and so on. Basically, every action that you take is tied into that eventual career person that you’ve seen yourself as.
Prioritize Learning Over Money-Making
In order to get on the right career path, sometimes it’s necessary to start over. If there’s a job that you want, but not in the field that you want, then it’s obvious that you need to acquire some skills. After that however, it’s still going to be tough to get that job because of one thing. Experience. You can’t get experience without working, and you’re not even going to get through the door if you don’t have it.
So, in situations like this when it feels like the system is just designed to keep you from your goals, there is actually a way out. That is, prioritizing getting experience and on-the-job skills over money. This means that you take volunteer roles, post-graduate internship opportunities and even other non-paid roles that will get you some experience in the field that you’re trying to break into.
Get To Know Yourself
We often have these ideas if who we are, and what we like or don’t like. But the thing is, all of us are constantly growing. You might not actually be the same person as who you knew before. So what you need to do, according to Jemila, is pay attention. Take notice of the things that excite you, the things that frustrate you and everything that sets you apart. Also not the compliments that you receive at work. What do your superiors and colleagues say are your best qualities?
Paying attention, and actively trying to get to know yourself gives you invaluable insight into what your natural tendencies are, as well as your unique character traits. Then, you can figure out how to leverage those to put together the career that you want for yourself.
You can watch this video from Jemila Abdulai herself, for more insights on making the right moves to get you to that dream career path.
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