One of the most important skills you can leverage when you’re in the job market. University study empowers you to be self-motivated. There’s way less hand-holding at university than you may have experienced in high school. You’re expected to keep yourself motivated, and most people soon find they prefer it that way.
The problem is, when you’re looking for a job it’s tempting to reduce the importance of self-motivation until it becomes nothing more than another dot point on your resume. Avoid that temptation. Employers want self-motivated people. What they don’t want is a stack of resumes that simply read…
- I have a friendly, outgoing nature
- I work well with children and small animals
- I am self-motivated
- I once built a time machine in my basement.
Seriously, 99% of recruiters will be so bored they won’t even get to that last bullet point.
Leverage your self-motivation, don’t just mention it. Highlight how self-motivation has worked for you. Use examples. Demonstrate how your self-motivation can be of use in the position you’re applying for.
Your university degree will give you an edge in the job market. The skills mentioned above are just a few of the transferrable skills you’ll pick up. Critical thinking, communication, persuasion, research skills, organisation… you’ll be amazed at the workplace skills you’ll learn at university. Just be sure to use them, and leverage what you need into the career of your dreams.
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