by Sharon Fleshman
In today’s economic climate, the journey to employment can be like a winding road, where you can approach a turn and not know what to expect around the bend. To seek fulfillment and meaning in your work is a worthy pursuit, though you may feel like you’re on a detour when goals you set when you started your academic program seem out of reach. It is possible to look beyond dashed or delayed expectations to options that you hadn’t considered. To become open to other opportunities requires that you consider the “goal behind the goal.” In other words, what do you see as the overarching mission that moves you toward your specific career goals? How can you leverage your skills to move toward that mission right now?
As you rest up and regroup during winter break, consider some of the possibilities:
The Federal Government is currently a major source of career opportunities. You may be surprised at the variety of fields and disciplines represented. Career Services is working with the Partnership for Public Service to make students aware of the careers available with the Federal Government. Check out our Make an Impact website for more information.
Perhaps you are the enterprising type and should pursue some form of entrepreneurship. This could involve a number of short-term projects that will allow you to establish a track record that leads to permanent employment. On the other hand, you may find that owning your own business, whether part-time or full-time, is a good fit for you. Take a look at the resource list from our previous workshop on creative self-employment.
If you are considering non-profit careers, take a look at the following excerpt from our recent alumni panel on the State of Things: The Impact of the Current Economy on Non-Profits. The panelists were Nancy Burd, Founder/President of The Burd Group, Nancy DeLucia, Regional Director at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Katherina Rosqueta, Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, who noted that her career path was “never about choosing a sector, but about making a difference.”