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How can I Break into my Dream Career?

Sheri Cyprus
Sheri Cyprus

Finally deciding on what your dream career is can be a great moment of clarity. The next step is figuring out how to break into your dream career. Every industry and field has different expectations and conventions, yet the actions needed to get entry level jobs are common to almost any career. In some areas it may be possible to land an entry level dream job in your chosen career straight out of college. However, the high volumes of qualified and educated candidates today mean strong competition for the limited number of entry level positions.

The best way to get a leg up on the competition is to break into your dream career while still in school, if that is at all possible. Ask the instructors of your career related courses for any information as he or she may know of extra clubs, competitions or contacts that could help you. The earlier you find out about upcoming internships in your chosen field, the better.

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Internships are offered in many fields today. Some are paid while others offer course credits. Many companies hire interns for entry level jobs if the internship ends up working out well. You have a better chance of being selected for an internship if you can show how you fit in best with the company.

Passion, confidence and an enthusiastic attitude can really help you break into your dream career. Don't wait to become involved even in a small way in your chosen career. Join professional organizations, attend meetings, workshops and contact people in that profession for informational interviews.

The most crucial piece of advice for how to break into your dream career is to persevere no matter what. Those who follow their dream and don't give up are the ones who often end up in the right place at the right time career-wise. You have to know that you're right for your dream career and then you must prove that to others. Believe in yourself, make a workable career plan and never give up trying to break into your dream career even if you have to adjust your original plans somewhat!

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