Millennials, Don't Wait For Graduation To Start Your Career

Don't Wait For A Four-Year Degree To Start Your Career, Get Started Now

When you start your career is up to you, not when you graduate, or when someone grants you permission.

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Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be in the fashion world. My desire for a long time was to become a fashion designer because I loved to sketch clothes and put different outfits together. For that time, that made sense to me. As I got older, I realized how much work it would take to design clothes on a daily basis, being one to two seasons ahead of the world, that just seemed too far of a dream. I am now attending college to receive a fashion merchandising degree to pursue a career in fashion. This decision, I can say is one of the best and most challenging decisions I've made in my life, but definitely worth it.

Growing up I didn't have a lot growing up and I learned the value of appreciating what you have instead of focusing on what you didn't. I was raised with an understanding that having big dreams is a great thing and if there is something that I was passionate about, especially for a career, then I need to make sure to do everything I can to get where I needed and desired to be in the future. I applied this to my dream of becoming a part of the fashion industry. All my life it has been the only thing I've ever truly wanted. I believed and still believe I will/am a part of what is known as the fashion Industry.

As social media grew into what it is today, I soon began to realize that there are so many other people going after the same thing I am, and I started to question if I was even good enough to want this all for myself. I questioned if I could ever stand out and be someone in this giant business. My mom always tried to tell me how I should've started earlier and younger so I would have that go for me because there were so many kids doing exactly what I had been dreaming to do already. But I eventually made a conscious decision to push through and find my voice in the industry, believing in the goals I had for myself and my life.

With these goals in mind, I knew it meant I had to work towards them and that is exactly what I started to do. As silly as it may sound, I began to watch "Project Runway" and "America's Next Top Model." Yes, they are reality shows but I took the time and still do, to gather information and educate myself on what is happening in the industry with keeping up with the world of modeling, social media, photography, film, acting, and so much more, just so I can be the best I can be in the world of fashion.

Starting at 16 years old, I was working in retail to build up work experience early giving me more time to prepare for what was ahead of me. Starting my first job and being in retail, really opened my eyes to how the business works on a day to day level. when it comes to just the general idea of customer service and how important it is to have great customer service so you can create a great bond with people which then creates a sense of loyalty between the customer and the brand. My first job gave me an idea of all of the hard work it takes to just keep a store up to date and all of the responsibilities that come with being a salesperson.

Then, after graduating from high school, I moved to a different store remaining in retail, where now it was learning about the branding of a store and who there overall target market was, and that was a great period of growth and education of the everyday movement of fashion. There is became about presenting myself as the brand and showing the customers the brand experience when they walked into the store just by the way I may greet them or the clothes I was wearing. This was all again costumer focused of course. Understanding the consumer is one of the biggest things I have learned through my retail experience and that will not be true. Throughout the time at being at that particular store, I grew a voice in the brand itself, they wanted me to stay and work my way up in the business.

That showed me not only what you know, but who you know, is very valuable when trying to up and forward.

Now headed to college as a freshman, I had some experience under my belt and felt I had a good foundation, possibly enough to really have a chance to stand out. Let's just say I was wrong. After my first semester, I realized I honestly really wasn't pushing myself in the industry. I wasn't applying my knowledge. Something I will never forget that most fashion people say is that "you need to make a name for yourself before you need a name for yourself" and it all clicked for me. I needed to start doing things and using what I know to make a name for myself and help me have my voice in this world. So, I went straight to social media and youtube to figure out how to brand myself and how to get into the business of becoming an influencer.

I am now closing in on my second year of being a fashion student and I have learned more about the fashion industry than I could've ever imagined. I have started a youtube channel, branded myself as a fashion and lifestyle influencer on social media, I communicate with brands and fashion experts for advice and opportunity. Every day I am doing something in preparation for when I do graduate and to promote my career right now, because that kind of thinking can actually be what gets you that job you want right after you do get that degree in my case.

What you do now and the early stages of life can and will affect your career path in some way and how you go about it and when you start that path is up to you and no one else. I chose to take my first steps into my career because my career is not in the future, it's right now. Instead of being reactive with our careers, we should be proactive to prepare for what is ahead.

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10 Reasons Why I Want To Be a Nurse

"Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it's awkward. When it's uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions." — Jamie Tworkowski

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I truly believe that nursing is one of the greatest professions on this earth. It is demanding, but very rewarding. I haven't started my nursing career yet, but I am in college pursuing a nursing degree. Often I get the question "Why do you want to be a nurse?" And sometimes, when I have 40 assignments and five chapters to read in one day I also question my decision to become a nurse.

Here are 10 reasons why I'm choosing to stick it out and become a nurse:

1. You get to help others in many different ways.

Basically, your job is to serve others. It takes special people to be able to do this well. I love getting to help other people and show them Christ's love, whether that be consoling them when a loved one passed or helping them get better when they are sick.

2. Every day will be different.

You will have many different patients and tasks. Needless to say, no day will be boring.

3. You get to wear scrubs to work.

Come on, who doesn't want to wear scrubs every day? They are super comfortable, cute, and professional. You don't usually find those three aspects in one outfit.

4. You have a very wide range of career paths.

You could be an ER nurse, neonatal nurse, geriatric nurse, oncology nurse, and the list goes on and on...

5. There will always be a need for nurses and the pay is pretty good.

Job stability is always a plus in career paths. Depending on your path, you could also make a lot of money.

6. The human body is amazing and I love learning about it.

The human body and its processes have always been intriguing and interesting to me. With a nursing job, you never stop learning about it.

7. One day when I'm out in public and something terrible happens or someone has a medical issue, I can say "I'm a nurse!" and help out.

I've seen this happen many times and so badly I wanted to be the nurse in the room and be able to save the day.

8. You get to make a difference.

Being nice and caring for someone who doesn't get that kind of treatment just might change their life.

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9. You get to work with all kinds of cool medical equipment.

Every future nurse loves medical equipment and can't wait to use it all the time. We're nerdy and that's a good thing because our nerdiness will save lives one day.

10. You have one of the best jobs in the world.

Getting to help people while having fun and wearing cute scrubs sounds pretty great to me.

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8 Ways You Can Pursue An International Job After College

Working in a foreign country is something that so many people dream of, but no one really knows where to start.

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You're extraordinary, not ordinary — so why settle for a bland, typical career? Those who have the traveling bug can find work easily all over the globe. But, how do you decide where to go and what to do?

Those with the wanderlust can look to the ideas below to find a gig enabling them to live anywhere on the planet they may like. Whether you dream of summer days spent on an Australian beach or meditating on a mountain peak in Nepal, it's so much easier to start living your dream sooner than you think!

1. Help children learn English.

To those with a bachelor's degree, the world truly is their oyster. Even if you earned your degree in something like underwater basket weaving (I swear it's a thing), you can enjoy a career overseas teaching English.

In order to receive permission to teach English overseas, you'll need to complete a training program to obtain your Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification. Some organizations will sponsor you to obtain said certification in exchange for offering to teach overseas for at least a year. Of course, if you find working abroad suits you, you can stay longer.

2. Put your typing skills to work and transcribe conversations.

Enjoy nothing better than listening to conversations and transcribing them? Consider heading overseas by landing a transcription job allowing work-from-home scheduling. In the age of the internet, the opportunity is so much closer to you than you'd think.

Didn't get enough training to type quickly by pulling those undergrad essay all-nighters? No problem. You can learn how to type quicker online for free.

3. Flex your entrepreneurial muscles and join a global team.

Not the sort who enjoys listening to their boss all day? Why not strike out on your own while traveling the globe? Sure, you may not have much capital state-side but moving to a nation with a less pricey cost-of-living can help you grow your business endeavors quickly.

Furthermore, hiring international team players makes solid business sense. 72% of people like working on global teams, but they like them even more when they feel listened to and treated fairly. Getting an outside perspective can help business owners find innovative solutions to common problems.

4. Become the live-in help, and enjoy a homestay while you're at it.

Have wanderlust and love the little ones? Consider traveling overseas as an au pair. Being an au pair is similar to becoming a nanny but the job description includes caring for basic cleaning tasks, homework help and dinner preparation as well as changing diapers.

Many of those wanting to explore Europe become au pairs in order to fund the journey. Even though said positions pay relatively little, you get free room and board as part of the bargain. Given how European trains travel great distances in little time, you can reserve many weekends for excursions to nearby nations in the region for super cheap.

5. Or, you can take care of pets abroad.

Who said traveling the world meant needing a huge bankroll? Those who adore our four-legged friends can fund their international escapades by pet sitting for those overseas.

Many people treat their fur babies like family and they demand nothing but the utmost quality of care for their puppies and kitties. Getting started can prove somewhat tricky but once you learn the ropes, you can explore foreign cities to your heart's content for little more than the cost of a big bag of kibble.

6. Use your medical skills for even more good.

Did you do your undergraduate work in nursing or another health-related field? Consider joining an international organization such as Doctors Without Borders to quench your thirst for adventure.

Nothing feels more rewarding than putting your skills to good use to help others. Depending on where you envision your career going, having such experience on your resume stands out to future employers and will help you in the long-run.

7. Join the circus (no, really).

When you were a young child, did you dream of growing up only to run away and join the circus? Believe it or not, this can make for an interesting, if unusual, career path!

If you trained as a gymnast or dancer as a child, you'll have an easier job of finding a troupe of performers with whom to travel the globe. Only got fit in your teen years or early 20s? No problem! Consider getting your group fitness instructors' license and teach classes aboard a cruise ship (only steer clear of the all-night buffet to keep fitting into your leggings).

8. Perform acts of kindness for others around the globe through volunteering.

Are you one of those lucky devils born with a trust fund in hand? If money is no object, consider joining the Peace Corps. As a volunteer with the Peace Corps, you'll receive housing and stipends in exchange for help with their projects around the globe. While competition makes finding roles challenging, anything giving you the opportunity to travel for free comes with some strings.

The Peace Corps isn't only for young people leaving school for the first time. Many retirees wishing to give back after a rewarding career also flock to sign up and begin their journeys.

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