An ancient Chinese curse says: ‘May you live in interesting times’, where interesting times are the times of changes. So, your last year in college is over, you received your diploma and went through the cap throwing. What’s next? Interesting times, indeed. You are staying at the edge of a completely new life. It might seem scary or terrifying. But don’t let the depressing thoughts take over you. We have listed some of the worries you might be going through right now and how to deal with them. #1. I’ll never manage to pay out my student’s loan It might happen, that you never took student loans seriously until now. They just didn’t seem to be the real money, but it only lasts until you do the calculations. The numbers may put you down. What to do? Try to stay calm. You are not the only person to go through this all. There have been thousands of young people before you, and many more will come after. Speaking of people before you… Why won’t you ask for a piece of advice? #2. Without experience I won’t find a decent job The time has come and the first thing you need to do is to write your first CV and Cover Letter. And here you are, sitting in front of a blank page struggling, with no idea where to start. And yeah, it is hard to do something you have never done before. Just do it. Imagine your perfect workplace and the ideal position you want to get. Answer the question: what kind of employee this company will look for? With that image in mind writing your CV and Cover Letter won’t be that challenging. Also, check for resume samples, they are not hard to find. Filter your search request with a position. After you complete writing, don’t forget to proofread your resume. Not a single employer would like grammar mistakes, especially when your CV says “detail oriented”. #3. No recruiter will say that I’m a good candidate You have sent your CV to a number of companies, and one (or few) of them got interested in you. Great! But after a short moment of excitement, fear comes. Will you be able to handle your nerves? Won’t you screw it all up? Won’t you be embarrassed? Will you get a job? All these thoughts are chasing every young person on the way to their first job. How to handle it? The secret of a successful job interview is based on honesty, confidence and positive attitude. Small secret – set up your interview in morning hours. So the worries won’t follow you all day long. Be well-prepared: search for the information about the company, its clients, and the interviewer. Have a good sleep and breakfast. If it is your very first job interview, look for some tips on how to improve your personality traits or how to go through the job interview successfully. #4. Moving back to parents? Great. Exactly what I’ve studied for After living on your own in college, it might be frustrating to go back home and feel yourself like a teenager again. Especially when you go through all these debts calculations and job interviews. It may feel not quite right. You are supposed to be an adult after graduation, so why do you have to tell your mom when are you about to come back home? Take advantage of it! If for some reason you have to move back with your parents, don’t get desperate. It may serve you well. Your parents are always on your side and will support you, no matter what happens. So, while you are having ‘interesting times’, why won’t you benefit from their help? Still, do not make it your routine. Plan your future. How long will you stay with them? Create a deadline for yourself, for you definitely don’t want to find yourself living with your parents at your 30. #5. My friends are far more successful and happier then me. Hate them. Caught yourself being envy to your friend’s success? Their Instagrams and Facebook pages are filled with #lovemyjob and #whataparty hashtags? It makes you feel yourself a complete looser? You are not! Life is something that happens while you upload a new picture to Social Media. Young people nowadays are masters in creating a great image of themselves all over the Internet. Don’t be jealous. Their life may be as boring as yours seems to you. Compare yourself only to yourself and get better every day. This is the only way to be happy. Summing up Negative thoughts are chasing everybody in this crazy world. People are getting new worries and concerns every day. No wonder you have them too, especially when going through the period of major changes. But remember the old Chinese proverb? “If your problem has a solution then…why worry about it? If your problem doesn’t have a solution then…why worry about it?”


Socrates said, ‘the unexamined life is not worth living.’
If this proclamation is indeed true, then where does one begin to excavate these multiple dimensions of their life? And, more than that, what is the point?
Well, from the perspective of career and educational planning, the more information we have about who we are and how those factors correlate with job fit and satisfaction, the better equipped we are to make informed decisions. Furthermore, the deeper our self-awareness and understanding of differences in personality, the better able we are to navigate the world of work.
Tools that help facilitate this self-examination include a variety of assessments, such as StrengthsFinder, Strong Interest Inventory and the Enneagram. Each of these assessments help to clarify one’s interests, strengths, and values, in addition to personality traits.
One of the best-known and widely used personality assessments is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). With its basis in Jungian psychology, the MBTI looks at four different dimensions of personality in which individuals tend to gravitate towards one side. The questions posed by the MBTI illuminate preferences on how and where you get your energy (extroversion vs. introversion), how you take in and process information (sensing vs. perceiving), how you make decisions (thinking vs. feeling), and how you orient yourself to and structure your day-to-day life (judging vs. perceiving). There are 16 possible personality types based on the Myers-Briggs and each one of them has distinct traits that describe differences in styles of communication, leadership and group dynamics.
Considering most of us don’t live totally alone, in the remote mountains, interfacing with other humans on a regular basis, is virtually inescapable. To that end, the more we understand about each other, particularly ourselves, the more likely we are to have relationships that are more harmonious and effective. Familiarizing ourselves with the Myers-Briggs framework is immensely valuable, particularly in the context of work; knowing our preferences within each dimension of personality, allows us to find occupations that are better aligned.
For example, as an ENFP, the Intuitive (N) trait will manifest in seeing the big picture; easily identifying patterns and relationships between people, ideas and things; and in an ability to ideate. These parts that are driven by imagination, innovation and forward thinking, will likely need to find outlet through brainstorming and ideating on possibilities for the future, or when solving problems. If you’re in a role that does not support this dimension of your personality, it is possible you won’t be as satisfied, or engaged, on the job. While this only describes one of the MBTI traits, it serves to highlight the value in exploring the connection between who you are and how those unique dimensions impact your experience in life and work. The Myers-Briggs then becomes an ideal springboard from which to uncover the many layers of your personality that can support you in making better aligned career decisions and when navigating differences in communication and group dynamics.