Jaime Garvey, Growth Manager
Nearly three years ago, I was like many college graduates. I was preparing to walk across the stage with a paralyzing amount of student loans, and no plans past the recessional on the graduation program.
Though I knew it was supposed to be an exciting time, I could not help but feel plagued by the looming question - now what?
Despite how this felt at the time, my situation was in no way unique. I knew that my decision on where to next have to be based on these fundamentals - focus and clarity.
Being a daughter of immigrant parents who gave new meaning and emphasis to hard work and proper planning, I knew my big dreams require big plans. Thus my instincts quickly brought my pen to my red moleskine notebook to create a gameplan. I approached the topic in bite-sized pieces and prioritized finding a starting point:
- What matters to you most? Think of these as your core values. Start by listing values (e.g. family, influence, impact) that matter to you most, then choose your top 3.
- What are you best at? Start by listing skills or qualities that describe you (e.g. people-oriented, communication, strategy), choose your top 3 that you are or could be the exceptional at.
- What are your goals? Considering your responses to the first two questions, list 3 major goals for the next year. Repeat this by listing 3 goals for the next 90 days, then by month.
- Where can you achieve this? Now that you have an idea of your values, skills and goals, make a list of potential opportunities to achieve these. The idea is to narrow these down to a minimal viable starting point as your next step.
If these answers came easy to you, dig deeper. If you drew a blank, grab coffee with 5 people that you admire and respect to help you answer these questions.