/ Asked by jared
I went to college for a few years and terribly disliked it. At 20 I had to move out and live on my own for a while. I was basically homeless and on government assistance to escape my severely dysfunctional family. Over the past few years I've worked many minimum wage jobs with no future. I have been feeling stuck and frustrated. Do you have any suggestions that would help me get on track to get a job I like and has the chance for advancement. 
Answered by Merron, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Friday, April 6, 2018
Hello there! This is a tough one to answer as there are so many factors that affect getting a job and advancing (for example, your resume, your interview skills, your job performance, etc.). I would start with asking yourself where your passions lie and what you're interested in. The only person that can really answer that is you. Once you determine your passion and interests, follow them! I will also say that if you're looking for advancement opportunities, don't be afraid to raise your hand and ask for development opportunities and extra projects. The only way your manager and others will know that you're interested in growing and advancing is by making it known. Best of luck in your journey!
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on Monday, July 9, 2018
Kudos to you, because it seems as if you're in a tough situation but you're not quitting. Don't think of working minimum wage jobs as holding you back from a future. While you have been understandably frustrated, the flip side is having a job gives you an opportunity to continue to build valuable skills and experience for bigger opportunities.

Now, here is where you have to challenge yourself *cue motivational speaker theme music*...

First, see the positive in EVERYTHING. For example, concentrate on the skills that you enjoy using and building. Also, concentrate on what you do well or better than everyone else. Second, set goals to either advance at your current job or move on to jobs that will provide more responsibility and compensation. Third, ask questions! If you have good working relationships with your boss or colleagues in higher positions, ask them how they succeeded. Fourth, READ. One thing that helped me advance in my career was reading the stories of successful people. "Rags to riches" stories are the best! I still read those types of stories and watch documentaries about successful people.

Recently, I posted a meme that really seemed to get some of my friends going. It says, "Don't be afraid to fail. Be eager to overcome the obstacles." Posting your question is a great start. Go...for...it!!!
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