I always enjoy sharing my work experience and career path with 'bright eyed and bushy tailed' students who are about to enter the workforce. Seeing their eager enthusiasm is a refreshing reminder of how it felt leaving University, feeling like you could take over the world, as we all felt as students leaving school. And then years later, once we've experienced the first few years of the workforce, we get the harsh dose of reality that there are certain obstacles and challenges that we never really were aware of as students.
Some people choose to let these obstacles and challenges stand in their way, while others, like myself, look at these challenges as merely hurdles that we have to find a way to jump over or get around. You can really look at it one or two ways and decide which path you choose.
One of the messages I shared with the students I spoke too last week, was what is going to set you apart is how you make yourself different from everyone else With millennials being a very fast-paced generation that is adaptive, students will find themselves among many fellow students who are just as skilled as they are in the workforce. There are so many resources out there to learn and master new skillsets. The days of 'graduating from University' as a way to make yourself more attractive among fellow job seekers are over. Everyone has a degree or diploma of some sort now.
Now, you have to ask yourself:
- What is the one skill (among many I'm sure!) you are talented at/better at that than everyone else?
- If people were to remember you for something, what would that one thing be?
- What one attribute do you have that would make you invaluable if a company were to downsize/layoff?
- What makes you memorable?
If there is anything I've tried to teach through my Passionate Voice blog, its that everyone has something that makes them UNIQUE that they must talk about and be known for. Like I asked the students, what makes you different?