By: Bria Evans
Anytime I feel myself coming down on myself, I always step back from what I’m doing and find something else to clear my mind with. Growing up, dance always peaked my interest, so when I’m sewing and I feel myself getting frustrated, I clear some space and improv to the first song that comes on my playlist. Join a cooking class, start exercising, learn a new language, find a club to join—anything that will allow you to clear your space and regroup for at least 30 minutes will get you ready to conquer the world when you are finished.
Traveling is one of the top ways to stop worrying. It is always good to back away from what you are doing, and take time to yourself. Even if it is just a weekend getaway to a local beach with some close friends, taking time to relax will leave you feeling refreshed and refocused to continue working on being successful...
Even Beyonce takes a couple of days off.
Interning is great for those working a part-time job. There are plenty of unpaid internships that won’t have you running errands up to the local coffee shop. Even if that means you’re only working 4-8 hours a week here and there, interning with a good company can lead to plenty of networking opportunities. There are always people out there willing to give you a new perspective in your industry. And who knows? Maybe a job offer will be around the corner once you’re done.
Social media is one of the biggest ways to build your brand. Start now. Avoid using your personal accounts to build your image. Find hashtags that will boost your work to the popular page. Make sure you are using clean and professional images and work. Companies are looking to Instagram and Twitter to scout out new talent to bring to the masses.
I can’t stress networking enough, which is why I saved it for last. When I first started school, this is something my professors stressed to us. I didn’t listen, but I should have. I didn’t listen because I didn’t care, but because of my abilities. I wasn’t, or at least I didn’t think I was, skilled enough to network with industry professionals. What could I possibly bring to the table that they don’t already have? Well, the sad reality is, it really doesn’t matter where you are because everyone has to start somewhere, even if it is at the bottom. Take advantage of any networking opportunity that presents itself. You never know who knows who and where they can take you in the future... In laymen terms, don’t burn bridges before you even have a chance to cross them.