Where there’s a will, there’s a way. I am a major believer in that saying. In this day and age, if you want something badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? I believe so.
Upon graduation, my major didn’t reflect my professional aspirations. As a matter of fact, I almost couldn’t work for free in a professional arena coming out of school. So I took jobs that I quit because they didn’t give me any sense of fulfillment. Even now, though I’m on the right track, I am still working to get experience using some of my more developed, less credentialed skills. And I found out the best way for me to do that: volunteering. Every week, I volunteer as my church’s social media manager. I brand Berean Baptist Church’s pictures for Instagram. I tweet the sermon points. I work to raise engagement and it has worked.
Recently, I went into an interview for a position that requires that I be able to effectively manage the social media accounts of a nonprofit and I brought in samples of the work that I do weekly for Berean. The committee interviewing me was thoroughly impressed and I was invited back for a second interview. Now, if I didn’t have anything to show, who knows whether I would have gotten invited back. When you cannot get the work you want, volunteer to do it for a nonprofit that you care about. It will serve two purposes: it will make you feel better about life and it will allow you to serve others. So go find something and make magic happen, both for you and others.
Make professional development a priority.