Once I graduated Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, I knew I had to make my hard work, in school, work for me. I received my Associates of Applied Sciences in Renewable Energy (as a technician). After graduating, I had to move to Portland, Oregon, because that is where all of the solar installation jobs were. With no luck after weeks of job searching, something had to give. I had badly injured my foot, after a night on the town; I couldn’t walk normal for a month.
As summer was ending, I knew finding a job would be even harder. That’s when I decided I will either wait for an opportunity or I will make an opportunity. I sent my resume to a local solar company in Kona, Hawaii, inquiring to be a solar installer. Within seven minutes I had received a phone call. That phone call was the best thing that had happened to me in a long time. We confirmed that I would be a good match, an offer letter was sent, and I had found a roommate on Craigslist.
Work became slow
I ended up working in Hawaii for six months, but it was great experience. I have since leveraged my time and experiences in Hawaii to advance me where I am now.
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If you’ve attended college and haven’t graduated, don’t let that dampen your spirit. Leverage your college courses to your advantage. Are you going to wait for a position to become open in your area? Or will you hop onto a job search engine and find your next opportunity. If you want to make things happen, you are going to have to relocate.
Build up your experience
Even if you have to pack up for your dream job, you don’t have to stay there forever. Build up your experience, then find a job back home. So let me ask you again: Are you going to wait for a position to become open in your area? Start your job search, then start packing.