Here’s a good question from Super Fly with an even better answer, enjoy:
I am 20 years old and am at a cross road. I know I want a job in management, and am currently a manager at a movie theater. I have been attending college, but don’t feel it is the right path for me. it has been suggested that I join a branch of the military to find my way but I am not sure about that either.So my question is what did you do to find your way when you were lost, and what job/activity can you suggest that may help me?
Answer: “I know I want a job in management, and am currently a manager at a movie theater.”I think you need to stop worrying about everyone else’s suggestions and focus on what is important to you. Your are very clear that your goal is to work in a management position.”I have been attending college, but don’t feel it is the right path for me.”What are you studying at college? – If it is Management or Business – stick with it. You have reason to do it. It will help you towards your goal. Everytime you get bored just remember the reason you are doing this! – If it is a different course unrelated to your management goal – are you just doing it because it was what was suggested to you? Then change your course. Work towards YOUR goal – not other people’s goal for you.”it has been suggested that I join a branch of the military to find my way but I am not sure about that either.”The last thing that you want to do is enter into a longer term commitment into something that is not right for you. This would be worse than just feeling lost – you would feel trapped. If you want to do it and feel certain then go for it – but YOU need to want to do it, not just do it because you have had it suggested to you.A few years ago I felt totally lost too. What I needed to do to feel “OK” again was to really define my goal and then set about a plan of working towards it.You have indicated that your goal is a job in management. You don’t necessarily need to define what industry that is in either. Management is a universal skillset and can be applied in any industry that you are comfortable working in.What you need to do is decide whether you want to stay in your current management position on a long term basis or work towards a different management goal. In either case – doing the study is helpful as it will assist you to improve and refine your role and skills.Set yourself some targets: (do these one at a time – don’t overwhelm yourself. The fact is every step is a step and you are still making progress towards your goal)1) Name 3 things that you could improve in your current workplace and work towards them. (eg improve the staff induction process, increase sales, train the staff in other areas / multi-skill them)2) Work on a Management / Business course that will assist you in learning the needed skills for this role and give you additional credibility when applying for management positions.3) Improve your resume and job portfolio – list your “key achievements” (like you are creating in point 1) and appear more confident in your skills / abilities as a manager)4) If you want to do a management role in a different industry – be prepared to work your way up. Not many of the industries put your straight into management roles without verifying your understanding of their business first. Research suitable companies that offer a career path and write “cold canvassing” letters with your resume direct to these companies and keep following up on a regular basis to show both that you are confident and that you are keen.5) As you get through a lot of the areas above – consider networking groups and community groups that you could be involved in that would give you the chance to develop a friendly relationship with the “right people” – eg the General Manager of a company I became a manager in I met through a Repertory Club – I discovered through a newspaper article that she enjoyed local theatre and I happened to enjoy it to – so got involved and met her face to face – when I couldn’t get an appointment with her through her business in over 6 months!If you decide that management is not your goal – then I would suggest doing a Career Voyager test such as the one on http://www.jiig-cal.com.au/voyage.html It will help you to identify your likes / dislikes and give you some ideas that can get you started.My first management job was in Fast Food and using it the way I list above led onto a heap of other management roles, and then onto a new career where I now have my own business.
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