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How to Find Your Calling: Lessons from Larry Crowne

How to Find Your Calling: Lessons from Larry Crowne

Learn helpful lessons about landing your first or next job from Larry Crowne.

June 30, 2011

In the upcoming movie, Larry Crowne, Tom Hanks stars as an everyday guy who reinvents himself after some tough knocks from today’s economy.

In the movie, also starring Julia Roberts, Larry goes back to school and learns an all important lesson: when life leaves you feeling like you have no options, that’s just when you may find your life’s calling.

The movie focuses on the tough economy and the importance of a college education. But it also focuses on something bigger: overcoming obstacles.

There’s no doubt the economic climate is tough, but for recent grads, things are looking up.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies plan to hire 19.3% more recent graduates this year than they did in 2010. What’s more, job seekers will have less competition than 2010— literally almost half as many. And finally, the average salary offer is expected to be up 5.9% over last year, to an average of $50,462, from $47,673 last year.

That’s great news for those returning to school—like Larry Crowne—or those graduating for the first time.

If you’re looking for work, or trying to find YOUR calling, there are some things you can do right now:

  • Be aggressive about finding work – make that your full time job and give it your all.
  • Try to remember the things you loved most as a child—they often offer insight into your true passions. Explore how you can make the things you’re most passionate about into a career.
  • If you can’t find full time work in your field or desired field, take internships, part time work, or anything that will make you a stronger candidate for full time jobs. Part-time jobs and internships are also a great way to try out a career path before committing yourself.
  • Don’t give up! Life is about trying new things until you find what fits. And if there’s one thing Larry Crowne teaches us, it’s that just when you think life is passing you by, you just might discover your reason to live!


Brought to you by Larry Crowne — in theaters on Friday, July 1.


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