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Asked by Katherine on September 10, 2017

For someone who has little clue what they really want to do post-grad, beyond personality/career testing and internships, what short term actions can they take to help zero in on their dream job?

Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on September 12, 2017

Hi, finding the elusvive dream job is not an easy task unless you have always known what career you have always had as a goal.  Start with jotting down the things that you enjoy to do, then look to see if there is a club or volunteer organization that supports that activity.  As you build your network within the organization you can see what job opportunities may be in that field.
Attend as many company briefs as you can to learn not only what the company does, but what excites the presenters about what they do.  Attend career fairs to learn about what opportunities are out there, even if you are not looking for an internship or job at the time.
All jobs become work, but you might as well enjoy what you do!  Good Luck!

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Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on October 1, 2017

A great way to do this is to volunteer for a non-profit. As a non-profit board chair, I can tell you that I would LOVE to have someone come in and volunteer with an essential duty such as marketing or accounting! If that volunteer does a great job, I would not hesitate to write them a nice reference letter or point them in the direction of opportunities. You could also try joining a community organization that needs help that aligns with your expertise. If the work brings you joy, that might answer your "dream job" question. I hope this helps!

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