Doing It for You (and How to Go into The Job Field with Confidence)

You have always known this is coming. Some of us put it under the rug until it can no longer fit, some face it head on, some are simply overwhelmed, some just understand it. When it comes time to select a job, no matter if you are 16 or 35, you need to set a standard for yourself. An understanding of criteria set by you, yourself is just as important as applying for the job in question. Now all you need to understand is what you should come prepared with and what you should expect from the job you want. 

When considering what you want with a job, there are an endless amount of questions you can ask yourself, but there are some that need to always be answered. Let us start with a really important one: is this an environment you can thrive in? Many people have their own personal workflow which helps them complete their assigned tasks. Although it is growing more popular in the American office, you are still going to run into management styles that are not as loose with how they allow you to complete work. When in the process of looking for a job, you need to be blunt and honest with yourself and decide whether you can work the way someone wants you to work or if you need an environment that will allow you to choose how to make it to points A to B. 

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Now for the big elephant in the room, how much do you expect your salary to be? Many employers will ask you this when you first sign up for the job, and even though it may not be as elastic as some would want it to be, you need to sit down and budget yourself to see what you need to be making. If you need a certain amount of money to stay afloat every month, you need to ensure that your paycheck will cover all expenses before you move on to it. Once you have ensured that your pay will cover everything you need, now you can consider your wants. Do you want to travel on your time off? Buy the newest phone for that year? Eat out? These things need to be considered as well. And even though with a strong budget you can achieve certain goals, nothing will help it more than simply making more money. 

Another great question you need to ask yourself is what are your passions? What do you enjoy? Of course you need to strive for a job that will allow you to use your skill set, but one consideration many people ignore is if they enjoy what they are doing. Most of us should be familiar with the phrase “if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This is something that we need to consider more, especially in the era we live in now. We live in a very comfortable time of the world’s history, which brings luxuries such as choosing a career path you will honestly enjoy, so take advantage.

One final question to consider is, where do you see yourself in the future? Take into consideration short and long term goals. Think of what you expect after a year, five, ten, fifteen, years from now. When focusing on a year think of how you grew in your position, what you learned, the things you messed up on, the moments and work that you enjoyed. Strive for greatness and do not settle for less when thinking about your year in reflection, point out your great moments, but sit on what you can grow on. No one is perfect, no one will ever be, you do have room to grow, so keep an eye out for how you can be better. Then when you start thinking long term, take more than work into consideration, bring your personal life into it. If you start working fresh out of college, you’ll be twenty-one, twenty-two, maybe twenty-three, your life is just starting then. But when you think five or ten years from then, you have some huge milestones that may come knocking on your front door. You may get married, you may have kids, you may even have tragedy come for you faster than others. On top of the milestones, consider your mental health. Are you happy? How could you do things better? Did you make the correct decisions? One concept that is always harder to accept is that we can never go back. What’s happened has happened, but we can learn from that. Adapt your situation from your reflections. Make your losses wins by coming back stronger. 

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So why create a personal set of rules for yourself before applying for a job? To set a personal standard for yourself. If you carve out what you expect, then the decisions you make will come involuntarily. You know what you expect out of yourself and the institution you will bring your talents to. By understanding what to bring to the table and what to expect from the place you will work, you will only make yourself a better worker.

Creativity in Business Communication

After understanding the concept of creative works as defined in the excerpt Steal Like an Artist, I would personally define creativity as the melting pot of the world’s ancestor’s ideas. Whether it was my parents or grandparents or someone else’ great, great, great, great grandmother’s idea, it all adds to the collective pot of inspiration the modern world can draw from. 

I would say confidence is important in every deliberate decision you make, especially what you choose to say in your writing. It is one of the worst places to put one foot in and one foot out. Whether you are simply writing an email, a paper, or maybe even a book, if you do not confidently say what you want to, your words will either be misinterpreted or come off as watered down and ineffective. 

To build confidence, I believe you need to blend the intentionality about your work and take the assumption of risk . If you question what you are going to say or how to phrase it, how can you possibly effectively say what you intended to? On top of this, you also cannot be creative without taking risks. If you never take risks in your work, you are not making anything creative, you are sitting in your comfort zone. By leaving the bubble, you can build your confidence in the unknown, which further trickles down into your confidence into the known. 

Honestly, I love storytelling. Whether it is in music, in film, on paper, online, or any other way, I discovered that it was the best way for me to express myself a long time ago, and I stand by that to this day. I think what I can and have recently started doing is bringing my wordplay into my work writing. I have found that it allows me to more eloquently express what I want to say compared to how I used to write professional papers. It took me from an elementary phase to a slightly more advanced way of writing.

One thing that really stuck out to me was when he was describing how the art from artists of the past made it feel as if their ghosts were there in the room with him keeping him company. It reminded me of one of my favorite song lyrics “one day we’ll all be ghosts, tripping around in someone else’s home.” and I feel as if both the author of this book and the author to those lyrics are trying to convey the same message, that legacy is everything. It motivates people to do something with their lives and it inspires what they decided to do based off of that previous motivation. I believe that is one of the greatest thoughts to dwell on, what can the past offer you and how do you use it to its fullest extent? 

The biggest thing I disagree on is the immediacy of Google that was stressed in this excerpt. I believe it is healthy to urge people to instinctively use their own minds and strain their critical thought before allowing an algorithm to immediately give it to you. 

Introduction Blog

Hello my name is Jake McCollum. I transferred 2 years ago to NC State from Appalachian State University and I am originally from Charlotte. I am a junior in business management, concentrating in entrepreneurship. Just like many college students, I have not quite figured out what I want to do ultimately for my career, but I love learning new tasks any opportunity I can get, and hope to use that to my advantage in the near future. 

In terms of my relationship with writing, I have found that I can write very well in research, expository, and descriptive forms of writing, but have struggled in the past with less creative works such as scientific journals for labs and persuasive essays. In college I have been exposed to the many different types of citation styles outside of MLA such as APA and Chicago, but I am still not as comfortable with those as I am MLA. 

As for my professional career, I have spent many years trying out different jobs just to expose myself to as many different interpersonal skills that I could learn at my level. I started at a local  school, watching over elementary aged children after school. Then I went to a pharmacy as a cashier/delivery/ and customer service specialist. Then I worked at Krispy Kreme because it was the only thing available at the time. From there I went to Wells Fargo to become a prospect scout for future investment opportunities for my boss. Finally, I have spent the last year at Target as a DBO (the highest level of promotion without becoming a manager full time). 

I have always found creativity to be one of the core aspects to focus on in my life. In the sixth grade, my best friend and I decided to start a band. By time we were in high school we had managed to write, record, and perform our own content and I personally could not be any prouder of it, even if it was just a low budget project of mine. My best friend (and bandmate) ended up rooming together freshman year and through our time spent together, we both learned we constantly need to be creating something. So to this day, I have made albums, paintings, movie scripts, and podcasts just to keep my creativity fleshed out into something. 

I am an ENFP on the personality scale. That stands for Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Perception (P). I feel this to be very descriptive of me. Intuition has always been a skill of mine, I feel as if I always have had that sixth sense. I am definitely outgoing in random social situations. I love to meet new people. I definitely know how to pursue and handle my feelings and help others with theirs. And by far, I am very perceptive. I can read situations very well and can understand people. 

Personally, I really would like to refine my writing skills, especially in terms of a more professional setting. I know I will use this throughout the rest of my life and want to fine tune the skill as soon as I possibly can.