Passion rests at the cornerstones of all that we hope to accomplish in our lifetime. This passion extends further beyond the relationships we create along the way, but rather focusing on in the core components that make success possible. As you begin job/internship searching, I encourage you all to think about 3 factors:
- Identify what field you are passionate about
- Find a mentor in that field that can help share their stories and experiences
- Create a plan to help get you where you want to be in the next 5 years
Passion. This feeling can range from a very minimal standpoint to more of a burning sensation. Passion resonates in a special place and it can motivate you in ways unimaginable. Your ability to achieve more, do more, and experience more can be increasingly heightened when you absolutely love the field that you are involved in. I would encourage you to never compromise your values in a workplace. Working someplace that closely aligns with what you find important is critical to working in an environment that meets your needs. Your workplace environment and company culture should provide the infrastructure for your passion to flourish.
Mentor. Establishing relationships with professionals in your field of interest is essential for networking purposes. However, the extended benefit is the stories one is exposed to firsthand. This allows for better insight into operational functions and future career practices. You naturally extend your professional network when you can tap into your mentor’s network. A mentor can also provide you with professional advice on a more personal level. The established relationship has numerous benefits. If you have yet to identify a career mentor, I strongly advise you to start reaching out to those “mentor-like” figures involved in your life.
Plan. We all aspire to hold the more traditional roles in work places, such as being: CEO of a company, President of an organization, or even the PR Director. However, I challenge you to outline the baby steps to get to that place, while still fulfilling your needs of sustaining passion in your field. You will be a bigger and better asset to the company if you can identify and connect with the company’s mission, vision, and goals. I would also encourage you to step outside of your role in the company and shadow others at times in order to expose yourself to more experiences. This will better help you create a 5-year plan. You don’t want to show up to your next interview without any clue of where you see yourself in 5 years. Establish this plan based on your passion, experiences, and goals.
Having passion, a mentor, and a plan will help prepare you for a professional future that you allows for happiness to flourish. Loving what you do and doing what you love can help refine that path to success. Success can always be flirted with, so do not settle for anything less than a field you are passionate about. You will reach success and you will achieve a passionate career.