This spring and summer many graduates will be interviewing for their first "real" job, but are they prepared? Much like a ball player stepping up his/her game are graduates or job seekers truly ready to step up their game? What I coach people on is where you are today, should not be where you expect to be tomorrow. It is important to have a basic formula for success, such as:
Preparation + Opportunity = Success
By looking at this very simple formula, it can lead you in the direction you are seeking.
Preparation - have you invested in yourself and equiped yourself with knowledge and experience that others will recognize? What do you know about the path you are choosing and do you understand not just the glitter associated with your choice, but do you also understand how to avoid the quicksand that can derail your journey?
Opportunity - carpe diem! Seize the moment! When you are in a position to put all of your preparation to action, do you take advantage of the moment? Don't be hesitant, just go for it!!
Success - Celebrate your success!!! Understand what got you to the point and appreciate those who guided, coached, and mentored you through all of your preparation for the moment that you were able to capitalize on.
Like an athlete moving up levels of competition, it is important to remember where you have been and what brought you to the moment of success that you are in. Keep preparing for the next level of your career and never stop being a student of not just your trade or vocation, but of life.
Have a great week!