Photo by Ashley Dinges
May brings the pomp and circumstance of graduations. The other day, my college roommate sent me an email with a number as the subject. The number was how many years ago to the day we graduated from Michigan. (Not mentioning the number here, suffice to say it was in the double digits.)
I remember how exciting it was to graduate, but both of us only had “fall back” plans set up at that point, and the future seemed a little uncertain. To make a long story short, we both wound up working in New York City (me on Wall Street and my friend for a non-profit organization).
Our lives took a course that we never (in a million years) would have imagined. Following a path to plans we hadn’t actually charted changed both of our lives.
Neither of us would be where we are today without having followed a road that we didn’t pave ourselves. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I think this story applies to all job seekers, not just new graduates. Keep an open mind to possibilities you may not have considered. If your hunt is getting stale, consider a new directional focus. Look for positions in a new, but related field. Open your eyes to opportunities that may not be what you expect, but may be exactly what you need.