You’ve done things differently.
Your experience and education may look different to others but it totally makes sense to you.
When you look back on your career, you can see how one thing led to another, even if it didn’t always make sense in the moment.
You’re multi-talented and multi-passionate.
You’re interested in a lot of things. You may even like to change the focus of your career frequently.
You value freedom and flexibility more than most people.
The people you work with appreciate that you are:
But… chances are good that you’re worried that there’s something wrong with you.
Your education and résumé look so different from your friends and co-workers that you’re starting to wonder if you even have a career.
I get it. I am an explorer.
When I worked in marketing at a Fortune 500 company, my education looked really different from everyone else.
I had a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology and two bachelor’s degrees, one in psychology and the other in English.
And, my resume?!
Well, it wasn’t even close to cohesive… I had a handful of college internships, 18 months of teaching preschool and more than five years in event planning.
It made sense to me, but from the outside, nothing looked connected.
With the help of a mentor, I discovered that my journey had been the result of me being a curious person, always willing to explore new things.
Even though those were unconventional attributes, I learned how to reframe this as assets.
Once I did this, I realized I could make a few tweaks to my résumé and creatively present myself for the job I wanted.
Instead of downplaying my atypical education and experience, I positioned my path as a strength.
I learned how to present myself as a potential employee whose unconventional journey allowed her to bring a fresh perspective to old problems.
The same is true for you.
How can you pause the inner monologue about how you’re not qualified and begin to look at your journey with a new perspective?
How can you get excited about reframing your journey in such a way that makes you irresistible to potential employers?
As a career development strategist, I help people like you package their diverse set of experiences, education and interests into cohesive packages that get them the jobs they’re meant to have.
Let me assure you: your journey is not a mistake.
To get you started, I created a worksheet with some reflection questions for you to consider how you can begin taking ownership over your story and positioning yourself for success.