Amanda Slavin, the 29-year-old founder of CatalystCreativ, is a powerhouse of ideas and insight when it comes to following your passions toward a profession that feels right. Below, she shares her top four tips (including her tried-and-true three P’s), all of which will help guide you to your dream job. What are you waiting for?
A lot of people think that they are going to find their dream job upon snagging their first job. This is most likely not the case. Often, it takes going through a few different jobs and internships to figure out what is the most fitting for you. I gave a TEDx talk about this recently, where I discuss the three P’s. I believe a “dream” job should be about increasing profits, solving a world problem and following your passion. Sometimes it takes exploring different sides of yourself in order to find out what you are good at and what you enjoy. It took me becoming a teacher and receiving a master’s in curriculum and instruction only to fall into a job in marketing and events for years in New York City to realize that I can combine the two with my current role at CatalystCreativ.
1. Say “yes” to a lot of different opportunities.
This means taking on a lot of internships, saying “yes” to volunteering for different nonprofits and doing what you can do to find out what you are passionate about. You can make these choices while having a job. The more you spend your time exploring rather than settling, the faster you will be on the route to finding your dream role.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask.
I have so many people reaching out to me on a weekly basis asking to find a job. If you are out and see a person you want to potentially work for, do not be afraid to ask them if you can learn more about their company. Sometimes, you will get a “no,” and that’s completely okay! Eventually, you will get the “yes” you need.
3. Don’t be afraid to offer help.
For years, I offered my services for free. These were not formal internships or jobs. I used my skills to help support different events, campaigns and opportunities. I offered my support and constantly asked if I could help in any way. People love free help, and once you show how awesome you are, you may find people who will take a chance on you and give you an opportunity.
4. Follow the three P’s.
As I mentioned before, I think the three P’s will guide you to your dream job. It’s okay to take a job to make profits at first, but while you are doing that, do not settle. Explore what drives you. Even at your current job, you can discover your interests by being open to opportunities, following your passion and possibly solving a world problem. I guarantee you will find a job (or many jobs) that become your dream job.
Sometimes a dream job seems to be exactly what you want at the time, and then you reach the pinnacle of that dream. Sometimes you grow out of your initial dream, and then you look for a new dream. Be open to the opportunities around you, and never stop exploring who you are. As you change, your dream job will, too.