“When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare” – John Wooden. A year ago, I tied my identity to working in higher education, (career doesn’t define you, your idea of success should!) The opportunity came, but I wasn’t prepared in the ways that mattered.
Here is how you can be prepared for the opportunity that awaits you:
When manifesting, use specificity in vocalizing your desires. You want more than just a “good job”, you should be able to visualize yourself in a specific department, have a rough mental draft of what your day-to-day would look like ideally and the pay you demand should not be bent to make employers comfortable. Do you want an office or a cubicle? What about a window view? Working in this simulation is difficult, let’s just be frank about it. In being specific, ask yourself what perks do you desire? A remote position? Frequent company dinners? A position close to home for the sake of a short commute? Pay , pay is perhaps the biggest pitfall I’ve had in the past. Never take what is offered. Negotiate, but have the leverage to do so. Are you bilingual? Have you pursued a certification or secondary degree? Do you have years of experience? Justify it, but demand the absolute best for yourself in terms of pay. (Every job position has a pay range!)
Be Quiet, baby.
If you’re a parent or had the perturbance of being a public-school educator as I have, you know that kids love encouragement, praise and gratification. I remember my mom posting my HORRID art on the fridge, beaming with pride at my efforts as I thought of the next thing I could do to garner her gratification. Adults are essentially, really tall children. You may have a tendency, as I do, to announce things you are working on out of excitement. You accomplish something very important to you, but your praise alone isn’t enough – s o m e o n e else has to know!
You’ve heard someone say it in some variation – “silence is golden”. Live by that. Those close to you will be a part of the journey – improving themselves right alongside you. Guard your dreams, ideas, or patents – they’re precious and although intangible, they can be taken from you.
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