Hi there. I’m Roxine, a 4th year student at Ryerson University’s Business Technology Management co-op program, and I’m heading into my fourth and fifth co-op terms.
Throughout my past 3 terms, I’ve uncovered these six ways of thinking that have served me very well in the whole job-hunting process. It’s more than about being positive, confident and self-aware…
Landing a great co-op job requires a new way of thinking, a willingness to focus on the right things and a courage to do things differently.
Now I usually write about productivity and success but I also believe that the skill of finding a great first job and the mindset to get there are highly transferable.
Furthermore, working a challenging job is a great field test of how well your organization and real-world skills are coming along. I’m setting you up so you can get a job for your resume or for your co-op program and get ahead of everyone else.
What’s This Post All About?
First off, I am SUPER pumped that you’re reading this post right now.
This blog post is a prep-post for
my next one this post, which will be is a HUGE, step-by-step, 7,000-plus-word post on how to stand out to prospective employers and land your first real job!
(7, 000 words. DAYUUUUM.)
I’m separating this post out from the rest because tomorrow’s guide will sound scary, unconventional and downright risky if you read it without context. But if you understand and take the following mindsets to heart, you’ll see that my strategies actually make a ton of sense… And that they may actually be less risky than sending out 100+ resumes.
Think of this post as the appetizer before the main course. 😉
So, here are…
The 6 Essential Mindsets of a Successful Co-op Student
1. Disproportionate results are the reward.
What results can you look forward to if you follow my guide? Most first-time co-op students have a hard time landing just one interview… So the disproportionate results of following my strategies will come in the form of multiple, early job offers, in addition to having a more relaxed, but successful, interview.
For myself, since co-op students are only given 48 hours or less to accept or reject job offers, I structured my interviews as close to each other as possible so the offers would come at approximately the same time. This way, I was able to make the best decision without being FOMO that I was missing out on a better opportunity.
If you follow my guide to the T, you’ll also be calm and relaxed during an interview. This is because by the time you get in the interview room, you can be confident that you will have already put in more work than any other candidate (except if that other candidate is me or my friends Sal or Ryan. Then you’re in for a rough fight, pal. But I digress!)
2. Focus on the 80/20 Principle.
This simply refers to the fact that 80% of your results will come from 20% of the work. In tomorrow’s guide, I will be focusing on that 20%… And not worrying about whether you should bring a resume to the interview or not.
Think of yourself as a newbie soccer player… Focus on the basic skills for now and don’t spend your time deciding between $150 or $80 cleats. Using the same pair of cleats that Messi wears won’t make a difference in a match if you can’t even dribble and shoot the ball well.
I will teach you how to focus on the things that make the biggest differences and what to focus on.
3. Prepare smarter and harder, than everyone else.
Sure, if you follow this guide, you won’t need to send 70 resumes and bite your nails hoping someone… But that doesn’t mean that we won’t go into beast mode and hustle hard.
Here at Defy Gravity, we make sure that we’re solving the right problem and doing the right things first. Only THEN do we go out and crush it.
4. Choose yourself first.
If you don’t believe in yourself – that you can get the job and that you’re just as good as (or even better) than the guy or gal next to you – then the interviewer won’t either. Choose yourself for the job first before you try to get other people to pick you.
5. This whole thing is about bringing out the best in you.
If you’re a boring, negative person, I’m sorry to say this but… There’s nothing I nor my guide can do for ya. Whatever you do with the information in this guide will only bring out what’s already inside of you.
So clean the house before you start opening it up for parties. Get your mental and emotional life together as well as you can before you even think about looking for a job.
6. Successful people know the value of being mentored.
This thinking will come into play once we get going and you start talking to successful people in your field of choice. When you start doubting yourself and start asking, Why will they want to meet me, a dumb student?
Say this, as my adviser for Ryerson’s TRS Top 200 program counselled my peers and I,
Because successful people know how important it is to have a mentor, a guide to show them the way. And they would want to mentor you, too.
Let these mindsets sink in and ruminate on them. Pick out one that you haven’t heard about before and think about what this means for you.
I’ll be referring to these six mindsets throughout the guide tomorrow. Watch out for my next post soon!
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