Life Is About What You Have … And Not About What You Don’t Have!
I get a number of questions along the lines of:
I am 25 / 39 / 50 years old, I don’t have any work experience and I don’t have a college degree.
But I want to become a good business analyst / computer programmer / project manager, what do I have to do?
If you find yourself thinking along those lines, this is what you should do: use what you have to get what you want!
What do I mean by: “using what you have to get what you want?“
Right now, here is what you’ve got working for you:
Right now, all you may have working for you is some desire or interest in an occupation or some passion or love for an industry. And that may not seem like much if weighed against your advanced age or lack of money, educational qualifications or handson experience.
Make a list of what you consider positive about your life and let the rest of your negatives (lack of college degree, lack of work experience, lack of skills, lack of anything) take care of themselves along the way.
What does that mean?
Your interest, desire or passion is one of the greatest assets in life because any achievement that is worthwhile in career, business or life is founded on passion … and those that are truly successful are so because of their passion!
The Proof of your Desire is in your Pursuit
The proof of desire is in the steps you’re taking right now towards your career … what does that mean?
If you are passionate about a career, you should take the first steps towards realizing your passion or keep moving forward in the direction of your interests until you actually hit a brickwall!
Why? Because it’s only when we fully realize the opportunities presented to us … that new doors or opportunities open up.
Invest in Your Passion
The first or most important step that you can take is to learn the career that you are interested in … business analysis, project management, computer programming, data analysis, software testing etc.
There’s no reason for not studying the career that you’re passionate about because there are all sorts of options for learning anything.
You may learn from textbooks purchased at Amazon.com, take an online course or get a college degree.
If finding money is a challenge, you may purchase fairly used but inexpensive textbook versions or you may take an online training course at a fraction of traditional college costs!
So, there is no excuse for not learning the occupation you’re interested in.
Don’t Put The Cart Before The Horse
Without studying a career, you’ll not be able to practice it and without handson experience, you may not be qualified for a job!
If you are transitioning into business analysis / computer programming / project management, do not start by first looking for handson experience … that is putting the cart before the horse.
Do you want to know, one good reason why putting handson experience before knowledge is not a good idea?
Handson experience is gained by applying what you know to the problems or challenges facing an industry.
In other words, if you haven’t studied an occupation, you won’t be able to recall or reuse available solutions or solve the problems and challenges found within that occupation.
So, when faced with a problem the best that you will be able to do, is guess or mock around.
NOTE: Potential employers or hiring managers do not want to hire those that don’t know what they are doing. Instead they want to hire those who not only know what they are doing, but they have done it several times before!
Monetize Your Passion
Take the first step by learning, next get handson experience and finally get a job.
If you have taken the time to learn an occupation and you have gained sufficient handson experience, then spend all your time marketing yourself into a job.
Dear Friend, focus all your energy on taking the next step in-front of you.
Don’t worry about all the things that you can’t do yet, because when you take care of your immediate challenges, doors for moving forward will open up.
- Step 1: Study what you love
- Step 2: Get some experience doing what you love
- Step 3: Get a job doing what you love
It is only when you’ve completed the first two steps that you have the best chances of sending out your resume, taking job interviews and getting a job.
Trying to get a job without handson experience or looking for handson experience without first studying for an occupation … is what stops your career from moving forward!
This is how to move your career forward even if all you have is: interest, passion or desire.
The proof of your intentions is in taking the right steps to achieve them … so what’re you waiting for? Get Moving!