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    I've realised I have a really negative attitude when it comes to my career. I have (and have never had) any idea of what I want to do and am getting really stuck as the more soul searching I do the more I realise I don't want a career. I have 6 years of employment history but nothing above entry level standard and no interesting hobbies. Due to money issues I didn't use my time at uni well, no internships or anything as I was always working so if anything interesting pops up I always feel that I don't have any experience in what they're looking for.

    Just wondering if anyone has any advice to help me think positively and get my ass in gear. I'm getting really sick of making excuses as to why I've not achieved anything and have no clear intention of achieving anything soon.
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    (Original post by romeos*****)
    Wondering if anyone could help?

    I've realised I have a really negative attitude when it comes to my career. I have (and have never had) any idea of what I want to do and am getting really stuck as the more soul searching I do the more I realise I don't want a career. I have 6 years of employment history but nothing above entry level standard and no interesting hobbies. Due to money issues I didn't use my time at uni well, no internships or anything as I was always working so if anything interesting pops up I always feel that I don't have any experience in what they're looking for.

    Just wondering if anyone has any advice to help me think positively and get my ass in gear. I'm getting really sick of making excuses as to why I've not achieved anything and have no clear intention of achieving anything soon.
    You haven't really said enough about yourself to be able to give specific detail, but here is something to think about.

    You can apply for a job if you have 60% of the skills they say they are looking for (by which I mean they aren't going to laugh at your application). You can consider yourself a strong applicant if you have about 80% of what they are asking for. It is very rare for a job advert to get any/many people with 100% of what the employer is looking for. Therefore, there are a lot of jobs out there.

    Start looking at careers websites as well as job adverts, so you can develop a better idea of what careers a) you are interested in and b) you have the skills for.

    Remember that employers are looking for experience, not necessarily work experience. So you can look across the whole of your life for evidence of relevant skills.

    Once you have narrowed down the field to a general career path, then tell everyone. Then tell them again a few weeks later, then again a few weeks after that. After being told 3 times, it will stick with most people. You have then extended your job search network by half a dozen extra people. You have to be polite when they come back with completely hopeless jobs, as they sometimes do, but they will have contacts and go places you don't have/go and will hear of things that you won't, so they can be very useful.

    Internships are for a very narrow range of careers, investment banking, and then under other names, medicine, veterinary medicine and not much else.

    Just from what you have said, you are very clearly making pretty feeble excuses for not getting of your backside and sorting your own life out. But on the other hand, you seem to have just realised that for yourself, so no point anyone else banging on about it! You're going to have to be persistent, even getting a career starting job should be viewed as a 6 month project
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    (Original post by romeos*****)
    Wondering if anyone could help?

    I've realised I have a really negative attitude when it comes to my career. I have (and have never had) any idea of what I want to do and am getting really stuck as the more soul searching I do the more I realise I don't want a career. I have 6 years of employment history but nothing above entry level standard and no interesting hobbies. Due to money issues I didn't use my time at uni well, no internships or anything as I was always working so if anything interesting pops up I always feel that I don't have any experience in what they're looking for.

    Just wondering if anyone has any advice to help me think positively and get my ass in gear. I'm getting really sick of making excuses as to why I've not achieved anything and have no clear intention of achieving anything soon.
    I think you need to start on yourself. How can people be positive about you, when you're not positive about yourself. Try and concentrate on improving yourself instead of looking for a career path etc. If you improve yourself by getting involved in many opportunities such as volunteering, sports and other hobbies then you may well know what kind of path you want to head towards, as a plus you get to meet new people and learn new skills and experiences. Lets face it, how can you say you're interested in this and that when you have not experienced it. Go out there and experience new stuff!! That is how you achieve 'anything'. It starts NOW.

    P.s. I've never actually given help on here before. Boy, it feels so good..:yep:
 
 
 
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