The job market is tough, but these TEDx Talks will give you the positivity boost you need to keep searching.
1. Ashley Stahl: 3 Questions to Unlock Your Authentic Career
Interestingly, not everyone despises job hunting. Meet Ashley Stahl, a career coach who enjoys the process. Early on in her career as a national security professional, Stahl says she felt stuck. After taking some time to self-reflect and assess the risks, she finally found a career that she loves and is helping others do the same. To uncover a career path you’re passionate about, ask yourself these three questions: What are you good at? What do other people think you’re good at? And lastly, what’s holding you back from finding your dream job?
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Don’t miss Ashley Stahl’s Live Facebook Q&A with Levo tomorrow! She’ll be sharing her wisdom on all things career-related, so come join us at 1 pm EST.
2. Zain Asher: Trust Your Struggle
“Success is never really in a straight line,” says CNN International anchor Zain Asher. Four years ago, Asher was working as a receptionist. After taking some risks and making her opportunities ( she even filmed a fake newsreel around Los Angeles to apply for news anchor jobs), Asher has finally achieved her dream job. Her story is proof that if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything.
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3. Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career
Dr. Larry Smith, an Economics Professor at the University of Waterloo, explains why most people won’t have successful careers in his TEDx Talk. He details how individuals often convince themselves that they can’t be both great parents and gainfully employed simultaneously. Why do you allow trade-offs to exist in your life? And what do you chase after when you decide that you want more than the status quo? In his talk, he urges individuals to not settle for anything less than they deserve.
4. Barbara Corcoran: Rethinking Failure
In this honest talk by entrepreneur and investor—you might know her as a shark on “Shark Tank”—Barbara Corcoran opens up about how she used some pretty major failures in her career to her advantage by shifting her perspective to the effort rather than the outcome. “The one thing I do so well is I fail well,” says Corcoran. This talk will encourage you to see so-called failures during your job hunt as opportunities.
5. Tim Clark: Say Goodbye to Career Planning
Tim Clark, an entrepreneur, stated in his TEDx Talk that far too many people rely on silly things such as career planning. According to him, many people’s careers are based upon hypotheses (“I think I’d like this job.”) and tests (Ok, turns out I don’t like this job.”). However, according to Clark, you can avoid this inevitable outcome with a “personal business plan” which will work as a guidebook to map out your career and aid you in finding jobs that bring satisfaction.