You had it! For one shining moment you were so sure the next position you applied for was yours! Then you didn’t get that one. Ok, that wasn’t “the one” but this next one this is it! I’m perfect, this is so right for me. And then you don’t get that one either. This can put you head first into a downward spiral very fast. You must have systems in place to intercede and keep you on track. How do you keep carrying that confidence, courage, and momentum forward when you keep getting punched in the guts?
“You can’t fail if you don’t quit” - Grant Cardone, Be Obsessed or Be Average
There is a huge drop out rate for STEM careers. Especially for women. It’s still a male-dominated industry and it’s tough to balance life and work in a STEM or environmental position. There are many reasons people leave before they reach their full potential in these roles. One reason is that it’s hard to get the exact job you want and most people quit before they actualize their dream. Heck, most people quit before they even get their first environmental job.
Most job seekers I encounter just want to know how to update their resumes. A resume is certainly important but if that is the only thing you’re focused on, you're limiting your potential and your options. You’ve got to grow some very thick skin. You’ve got to understand that there is a lot of competition out there and you have to take responsibility for rising to the top in whatever area you're searching in. This is no easy task.
Here are 3 strategies that you can use to help keep your expectations in check:
The only way to make your dreams come true is to be dedicated to them. I repeat - because I think it is worth repeating every single day - Grant Cardone says, “You can only fail if you quit”. You are accountable for the outcome of everything in your life. Everything. If you have a mentor, you have to squeeze the value out of it. If you hire a coach, they will do all they can to help you but YOU have to show up and deliver…. Even if it takes delivering, applying, making calls, 100 times over. It could take even more if your leap is bigger than 1 out of 100.
If you didn't like the first three, here are three more:
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The Environmental Career Coach provides group and personal coaching for students, recent grads, and career changers to help them get from where they currently are and onto paths to successful environmental careers.