Saturday, January 11, 2014

To Boldly Go Where You've Never Gone Before

Make 2014 the year you break out of whatever is boxing you in.

It’s normal to be scared of stuff that you haven’t tried before. Even the sayings about how there’s no such thing as a “bad failure” unless you don’t learn from it aren’t very helpful.

But willingness to take risks, try new things, and stretch yourself are the characteristics that will separate you from the run-of-the-mill job seeker. And when you apply for jobs, you can’t just say you are innovative and eager to learn—you have to be able to show a track record.

So this year, try doing “one difficult thing” a month. Maybe that means joining a new campus activities club. Maybe it means going to a networking or job fair meeting. Maybe it means taking a non-credit course in computing or tech skills. Or seeking out a summer internship. Or visiting your professor’s office hours for help on an assignment.

And if you don't like it, you don't have to do it again. But you'll know more about yourself, and maybe you'll have gained something beyond that insight!

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