I grew up in the south, so you will probably hear me repeat a lot of sayings often in my blogs, one of them being “excuses or results, we can’t have both.” This is so true to me because as humans we can make excuses about anything in life that we really don’t want to do or why we’re not where we want to be at during this stage of our life, and some excuses are valid. Yet, if you think about it, excuses rarely get us to where we want to be at or what we desire to have, but results do.
For instance, if you just graduated college and having a hard time getting a job in the field that you got your degree in because you wasn’t able to get a paid internship offer during the summer of your junior/senior year, the easy thing to do is to be mad at the hiring managers and everyone who got an internship over you and play the victim card while blaming others. Also, please understand that I know sometime you will actually be a true victim in a situation, but it usually won’t change the real reason why you’re down and not happy.
Therefore, I feel the best way to handle a situation like this is to reach out to Fortune 500 companies like Home Depot, State Farm Insurance, etc and let them know that you’re willing to do an internship for free for about two or three months, because if you got the credentials and willing to work for free I guarantee someone will find a spot in that company for you.
Plus, it’s a win-win for both sides, since you’ll get the needed internship experience that is holding you back from getting the job you want and the company will get free work that they didn’t have to budget for and might even decide to bring you on-board full time afterwards. Finally, this is why I stress that it’s important to have the right mindset in life, because you will learn how to think outside the box better while staying positive to get what you want, instead of becoming a negative and bitter person.