Getting to the top

Getting to the top: Reverse thinking

Getting to the top? Where to start?

You must have been in a situation when you really really want to achieve something, you try numerous times, but it simply doesn’t work out. The story of our life.

Putting the drama aside, we utterly believe in the concept of ‘reverse thinking’ as a way to get where you want to be, whether it is your target university, desired job or even something you want to accomplish in your personal life.

Self reflection.

In a previous post, we stressed how self-assessment is one of the most essential starting points before you even begin your job hunt. If you can reflect on your own academic as well as work-related experience and personal achievements and record them in the simplest form, you’re one step closer to your goal. And if you relate those experiences to your chosen target company’s values and recruitment criteria, you’re ticking another box.

The future you.

Let’s look at that reverse thinking model again. Imagining where you would like to be in a few years’ time is something you have most probably done. But have you taken the time to think about the specific smaller goals you need to accomplish beforehand and even write down steps one, two and three? We know what you’re thinking, madness.

Here comes a personal story.

We actually have full-time jobs. But several years ago we were very far from the profile of people that this very competitive industry was recruiting. We didn’t go to top-tier universities, we didn’t have any big brands on our CVs, we didn’t have straight As, nor were we the presidents of any rugby club societies.

We somehow thought that if we kept applying, we would get the desired job we wanted. But we didn’t.

Then, there was this moment of realisation that we were doing something utterly wrong and we needed an urgent upgrade. Just like when your mobile phone becomes so annoyingly outdated and you start searching what the ‘new model’ should look like, we browsed through all the specifications that the successful ones had, we compared and contrasted suppliers of knowledge, producers of university career fairs, vendors of internships.

And then there was wisdom. We actually wrote the dream CV. As shallow, silly and screaming ‘sad life’, this may appear to you, it was that piece of paper that was the game changer.

Having browsed through more LinkedIn profiles than necessary as well as through plenty of other resources, we decided that for our goal to be achieved, there were three important ingredients. We needed a top university, we needed several internships at recognised brands and we needed a lot of interview practice.

We won’t go into details in this post how we achieved those three ingredients, but seeing where we could actually be in a couple of years, was the ultimate motivator for us to achieve our goal.

‘Most people spend more time planning their holidays than they do their career. ‘ is something you could have read in an article in the Guardian a while ago. Make sure you aren’t one of those.

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