Claire writes: “Graduates are finding it increasingly hard to enter the work place and there are 70+ applicants for every job. Having the knowledge is no longer enough. What else can you do to increase your chances of at least getting an interview? One way is through volunteering strategically. Where would you really like to work? Go and talk to them and offer to work as a volunteer for, say, 3 months in exchange for a reference. It won’t get you there straight away, but it’s a start…”
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Claire writes: ‘Listening to people talking about their dreams, often for the first time, is a privilege. It amazes me how much thought some people have given to them. What’s more amazing is that these dreams often seem to happen in a cupboard with the door shut. So when I asked someone yesterday: What have you done so far to make this begin to happen, it was almost all in her head. 24/7. Whether it’s from creativity or a nagging question, a thought that becomes a constant screensaver in your head can actually stop you doing other things and can slow you down.
So if your dream is to start a business, start talking to people – even if only to find out what they do. If it’s to change jobs, then start finding out more about the jobs. Not just by staying in your cupboard and surfing www.monster.co.uk , but by beginning to have conversations. Even the inventor in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had been outside his cupboard before he produced his great flying car. He must have been – he had to find and bring in the resources he needed to make his dream come true!
Where are you? If you’re metaphorically sitting in a cupboard, is it time to get out more?’