Growing in Your Career after Graduation

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Growing in Your Career After Graduation

By Shanavia Bates

For any of us, graduating college is like the biggest accomplishment ever and we all have this thought that we should be on the path to starting a new job (in our actual field), living in a new city, and have a new profound idea of freedom.

BUT it never works out exactly like we imagine and that's fine. I know for me; I had to move back home with my parents, work in a career that I don't exactly like for myself, and sort of live paycheck to paycheck. I've been still searching for jobs in my field since August, and it has not been easy. You realize quickly that you have to start from the bottom and work your way up but that's never fun, am I right? The job I've been at temporary has ended in March, and now I'm starting a new career path (so that's exciting). To me, it's like getting one step closer to where God has destined for me to be at even though I'm not there yet.

I've been learning since I've started working in October that you cannot allow yourself to settle in a job, no matter what the outcome may look like if you don't especially if it's not in your career. In order to know the right path for your career, you truly have to dig deep into your relationship with God and be open to the change that he places in your life. This past March, my ending date for my temporary job was coming to an end. I was interviewing for many jobs, applying to many more, and was still left in the dark. It was not until I turned over all my worries about my carer to God that doors really started opening for me.

So here are three tips that I recommend when wanting to grow in your career:

  1. Pray. Pray. Pray.

    I don't mean a one-time prayer, but an everyday prayer that lets God know where you truly want to be at in your career. Telling him every detail.

  2. Find scriptures and bible studies that help you work on your faith.

    Your faith can be the biggest challenge between you and God. God is "our person", and we have to believe in what he is capable of doing. I use my bible app, type in faith and a list of scriptures comes up, and I would read them all and even get engaged in the devotionals.

  3. Networking.

    Something that we all seem to slack on but one of the things that we have to do. It's all balls down to who you know with where you trying to go. So always be ready to meet people and attend networking events.

Always go with your gut feeling and not what others are saying. It does not hurt getting advice to help clear up your decision on where you want to go or how you want to get there in your career but in the end, you really and truly have to be happy with it.