PSIE Industrial Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1 - Page 43

Page 43 Volume 1, Issue 1 Competition: In fact, your existing assets have value too. You’ll be surprised how valuable your existing skills and connections are to those who don't have them. Just ask others: “how can I help?” You'll learn to understand what other people needs are. Fulfill needs, Solve problems, and you change the world. Networks: "How do I bring my different interests together into a career?", "What should I do if I don't know what I like?", "How do I choose between so many “different passions?" All of these are variations of the classic career question... "What should I do with my life?" But these are the wrong questions to ask. Among other things, these questions focus the attention on YOU instead of the most important factor “EVERYONE ELSE”. Many people want your dream job. For anything desirable, there's competition. To beat the competition, you need to develop a competitive advantage but what is a competitive advantage made of? It’s comprised of three things: • ASSETS • ASPIRATIONS • MARKET REALITIES Your ASSETS are what you have going for you now, Your ASPIRATIONS are where you might like to go in the future And the MARKET REALITIES are what people will actually pay you for. The best career has you pursuing worthy ASPIRATIONS, using your ASSETS while navigating the MARKET REALITIES. Another classic question you may struggle with... How do I make a positive difference in the world?" You may think that you, as a recent graduate with limited work experience, don’t have much to offer. In college, you had dorms, student organizations, classes. Building relationships was easy. But in the real world, you have to learn to proactively build your network. Relationships matter because every job boils down to interacting with PEOPLE. People control resources, opportunities, and information. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They're attached to people. If you're looking for an opportunity, you're really looking for a person. The people you spend time with shape who you are and who you become. The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be. The best way to meet new people is via the people you already know. You may not think you know the right people. Your existing network is bigger than you think. If you are connected to a couple of hundred people on LinkedIn, you’re actually at