Tonight was Praxis Wednesday - and a special one too! We had Johnny Roccia lead the call for the apprentice group. If you remember the blog posts I wrote back when I was in the placement process, you'll remember a lot of them were regarding interviews and landing my apprenticeship. Those posts were inspired by the Praxis Wednesday sessions which were also lead by Mr. Roccia and I was excited to learn from him again tonight.
Since we all got our apprenticeships, tonight we talked about what to do next. Chances are, most of us won't be keeping our current jobs forever. Maybe you can relate to this. This brings up the question: how can we use our current jobs to help us get closer to our dream jobs? Here are a few ideas.
1. Do a 30-day blogging challenge.
Learning out loud is the best way to establish yourself as someone who wants to grow and create value for others. When you leave your job, you want to have more than just the ability to say you were a good employee. If you don't have proof, what good is just your own word for it? Documenting everything is a great way to prove that you're determined and committed.
"Leave a lasting impact with something that has your name on it." - Johnny Roccia
2. Just start doing it.
Whatever that other position is (you know, the one you've been hoping to get soon) just start doing it.
Let's say you're currently in an operational position. It's not a terrible job, but you know you'd be much better in another role like social media marketing. Who's to say you can't start taking photos or creating graphics? Who's going to stop you from sharing them on your account and tagging the company?
You don't need the title for that, and if the company sees the work you're already doing for free, that will greatly increase your chances of getting that job. Next time they need a social media marketer, you'll probably be the first person they think of if you already showed you're good at it. Instead of hoping you get the job, just start doing it.
3. Get it in writing.
The next time someone at your job compliments your work, ask them if they wouldn't mind typing up a couple sentences really quick. Get it on your LinkedIn account. Add it to your website. (You might actually be shocked at how many people will want to help out if you can phrase it the right way.)
Instead of viewing your current job as just a list of duties that you're forced to accomplish, think about it as an opportunity to pick up some things to help you in the future. Skills, endorsements, connections, etc. Finding these things will help bring you closer to your next opportunity if you use them the right way.