I want to encourage someone who wants to have a global career but only has minimal experience… Or, someone who is starting their career a little later in life…
We all have to start somewhere. And I don’t want you to give up.
The other day, I spoke to a professor and she gave me great insight. I would like to pass down what I learned. She was saying that minimum wage jobs are valuable. And I believe that. I believe any job experience is valuable.
Her husband has worked for ambassadors within various embassies. I won’t get into his job, but he hires interns for a particular embassy. The interesting thing she shared is that sometimes he won’t go with the guy from an ivy league school. He prefers someone who will show up on day one and who is not already looking for their next job. He is not looking for someone who is about to run the office.
He values service-industry experience because it shows him that they are tough because they can work long hours. They have grit, tenacity, and the know-how to deal with customers. He’s looking for someone who is teachable.
My first internship was as the International Visitor Leadership Program Intern at the World Trade Center Institute. Prior to this internship, I only worked long hours at a movie theater and snowball shop. Did I have cultural and international experience then? No. But my boss at the World Trade Center Institute still took a chance and I’m glad she did.
Don’t discount any experience you may have. Each job is important and teaches you something that you will need to take to the next level. The key is to know how to market your experiences.
The best thing to do is not to disqualify yourself from an opportunity. Apply and see what happens, even if you only have minimal job experience.
Do not compare yourself to others. Your story is unique and we need you.
Don’t give up.