First Steps

October 16th, 2013 | Uncategorized

Following a careers seminar provided to my entire MSc of Finance class here at Trinity College, I decided it was maybe time to start putting together my resume (C.V.) and start job hunting. Katie and I have already been in Dublin for over two months, and at this rate, May will be here before we know it, meaning real world, real job and all that comes with it {GASP}.

But where to start? That has always been my dilemma. What do I want to do with my life? Can I see myself doing some of these jobs 5, 10, 30 years down the road? As a nearly-23-year-old these are some daunting questions. Ones that I am pretty sure I don’t have the answers to, but as I continue through the process, I am realizing more and more that not knowing is okay.

The job hunting process and all that goes with it has been more reflective and self-revealing than I could have imagined. It has forced me to face tough questions like what is important to me, what motivates me, what am I willing to sacrifice for the job, etc. I have had to honestly assess my strengths and weaknesses, my wants and needs, and my goals and dreams. By no means can I confidently or decisively answer all of those questions, but it has forced me to at least take steps in that direction.

It has been a great reminder for me that Rome wasn’t built in a day, which is a wonderful reminder when working with young people as well. Those times when Katie or I are frustrated with our girls because they won’t do what we view to be a simple thing, we need to remember that sometimes, like job-hunting, the first step is the hardest. But if we (me included) can just take that first, scary step, a world of opportunity may open up before our eyes. 

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