When you’re in high school, college or a recent graduate and someone asks you “so what do you want to do” and you “answer I don’t know” more than likely they will say “oh well that’s no problem”
About that. It actually is a problem.
Por ejemplo: Lets say Jane wants to go into journalism, in high school she would work on the school paper, in college she would write for the campus new station and after graduation she would work for her local paper or better yet move away to some small town to get her start. Now lets say Jane doesn’t discover this passion of hers until later in life, say her junior year of college. She tries to join the school newspaper but since shes new she has to go through an entire 9 months of training and doesn’t get a chance to start writing until the end of her junior year/beginning on senior year – which by the way is the time in your life when you are out job hustling.
Now of course this doesn’t apply to you if you are a business major, an accounting person, a scientist or maybe a developer, a teacher. But for all of you out there who are not left brained, it’s a problem. You need to know what you want to do and you need to know early, you need to work at it, you need to hone it and you need to believe it. People will tell you “you don’t need to worry about it, you can figure it out later”, but why? Why put off what the inevitable? why wait to pursue your passion until after you graduate from college? or even from high school? why not figure out what it is and pursue it. Pursue it so you’re not playing catch up your first few years out of college. Pursue it so you don’t end up like me.
What do you do when faced with earth-shattering, soul-shaking, life-altering quarter life crisis?
You start a business.
The summer after graduation, I moved back home, did some serious soul searching and came up with an idea. Applying for jobs is like, insufferable and it’s even worse when you hate your job. Unfortunately for us, meaning us 20-somethings, there is a lot of this type of thing going on. You have to take a job because you need the money, or you ended up majoring in something you weren’t too passionate about from the get go because your parents thought it would land you a big money position, only to find out you’d rather shake coins on the street than work another day at your position.
This is the point of Outflow
A mentor-mentee website. The point for me was to try and create something where people, all walks of people, whether your in high-school, college, entry level or even retired to get connected. You can give someone in high school advice on college, or help out a post-grad figure out how to make a good first impression during an interview. If you’re looking to make a change in your career, or get a promotion or whatever it may be, it’s always easier to make that change if you have someone to guide you.
Now before you roll your eyes and think, hey, I don’t know anyone, I have no connections and I have no time to help others.
- Firstly, don’t be lazy. It takes 2 minutes to write a sentence, a word of encouragement to someone else
- Secondly, don’t underestimate yourself or downplay your experiences. Have you been to college? Been on an interview? Fired? Unemployed? yea these are all things that everyone will go through at one point and that you can help someone through.
- And lastly, have you ever heard of karma? Yea, don’t be a douche, help someone out and you’d be surprised at what begins to happen in your life.
P.S. In case you haven’t noticed any of the links I’ve been dropping to the site- Here you go