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You say you want a better job or maybe you don’t even have a job at all right now? Don't despair because we are here to help!

Today you'll learn 3 Steps To Land Your Dream Job and how San Diego Continuing Education can bring you closer.

1) Brainstorm

First you have to figure out what careers could match your goals and skills. Pull out a notepad or your phone's notes app and start jotting down ideas. Come up with ideas without judging them. Think about what you are good at and what you enjoy. Remember to be patient. Just because there’s a career that would take time to get into, don’t dismiss it. Remind yourself that like everything worthwhile, finding a great job could take some time.

Consider what is important to you:

  • How do you want to spend your time?
  • Do you need to be available at certain hours or to have a flexible schedule?
  • How much money do you want/need to make?
  • What jobs are available where you want/need to live?

How can San Diego Continuing Education help?
Visit sdce.edu or grab one of our printed schedules to see the free classes you can choose from. Highlight absolutely anything that sounds appealing.

Need some time to think? Tear or print out the classes that seem interesting. Tape them on your wall or fold them into your wallet—wherever you can keep coming back to them.

In the meantime, sign up for our mailing list so you can learn about upcoming classes and programs. Maybe one will get you so excited that you'll know it's time to get started.

2) Talk to People

Your first thought may be “ugh, I have to talk to people I don't know?” I know, sometimes you'd rather curl up alone in a blanket with your kitty and Netflix, but this is step is vital. In addition to other humans being a great source of hugs, tasty food, and maybe social anxiety, they can tell you a lot. Like:

  • What their job is actually like
  • What you can do to improve your applications
  • What you're doing right that you should continue
  • What you need to do to get to your goals
  • Who else you should talk to

Conversations like these with people in the industries you may want to work in are called "informational interviews" but keep in mind these are NOT an actual interview. The purpose is to get information, not to ask for a job. But in the long run, informational interviews will make a huge impact! So reach out to people in the jobs you are considering and talk to them.

But if you want to start in a more comfy spot - you can first talk with people you already know. Ask your loved ones for some feedback:

  • What are your strong suits?
  • What jobs do they think you’d excel in?
  • What areas can you improve in?
  • Who do they know who can help you?

Then consider how to implement the parts you agree would be useful.

How can San Diego Continuing Education help?
We have lots of resources who can help answer your questions:

  • Talk to your teachers after class.
  • Make an appointment with a counselor in the programs that appeal to you.
  • Talk to a career counselor who can help clarify your options.
  • Learn to make a LinkedIn account through workshops like the Rock Your Profile event. LinkedIn is useful for finding job postings, learning about companies and industry trends, and reaching out to people for informational interviews.

3) Just Get Started

It's common to fall into the trap of waiting for the moment to be just right, overthinking, and stalling until you feel good enough to go after what you want. And I know your couch with your kitty on it is so comfy and warm or that your current responsibilities fill your days so you feel you just can't yet. But the sooner you carve out some time, the closer you'll be to your goals.

Start:

  • Find some applications
  • Brainstorm your cover letter and resume
  • Write emails to people who can give you advice

It won’t be perfect the first time. It doesn't need to be. Consider everything you do as a very rough draft so don’t judge it; just get started.

How can San Diego Continuing Education help?

  • Drop into a resume workshops at the Career Services Center.
  • Sign up for a program orientation or two.
  • If you haven't taken our classes before, apply to be a student, then use the Semester at a Glance to find some short-term classes to explore your interests and gain skills.

Now you know what to do to get closer to your dream job, so go find it. And once you get there, don't forget to come back and tell us about it. We wish you the best!