Entering the professional world can be an overwhelming process. There are a myriad of steps to take, skills to be learned, and decisions to be made. This overwhelming process can leave you feeling confused and unmotivated. However, there are several steps you can take to ensure a smooth and successful transition. These five steps are foundational ways to create life-long habits in preparing for the workforce.
- Take a Job Preparation workshop or class- A preparation class can teach you the fundamentals of the professional world. You can learn valuable information and practice skills before entering the workforce. Here at Believe & Inspire, we offer a job preparation workshop series to help youths prepare for the workplace. Our classes cover creating resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, communication skills, and professional skills. The internship preparation class allows students to learn foundational skills to be successful in any career field.
- Focus on Mindfulness- Mindfulness allows you to be more present, practice flexibility, and accept yourself. This practice can make your transition and everyday life more meaningful. Two examples of how to practice mindfulness are to journal feelings and practice positive affirmations. In a recent Havard study, it was proven that purposeful mindfulness practice showed an increase in both physical and mental health.
- Ask Questions & Learn- Being a lifelong learner is an essential component to being well-prepared in entering the workplace. Thus, it is necessary to ask questions in talking to professionals, family, and friends. Ask questions regarding advice in interviewing, overcoming problems, or workplace situations. By gaining knowledge and inquiring, you can learn various perspectives and experiences.
- Practice Soft Skills- While computer skills and other hard skills are important, soft skills are more likely to help your future goals. Soft skills like time management, networking, creative thinking, and motivation are critical skills in being successful in any profession. You can practice these skills in your everyday life by being on time, communicating challenges, and actively listening to friends and family.
- Set Goals- By using S.M.A.R.T. goals as it relates to your career. This will allow you to enter a new profession with specific and timely goals. These goals will help you remain focused and motivated in the workforce. Consider creating goals that can help build a successful future.
The start of a new job and career is one of the most exciting milestones in life! Thus, you want to be prepared to achieve all your dreams and goals. In entering the professional world, you will have ups and downs. Remember that each situation and job is a learning opportunity. Always have a positive attitude and remind yourself of your goals.
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