With experience in the entertainment, government and energy industries, it’s safe to say Roger Curtis, vice president of public affairs for Consumers Energy, has had a robust career. He’s found a way to lead some of the biggest companies in Michigan while still staying true to himself. In the following, Roger shares three tips on how aspiring professionals can land their dream job.

Roger’s Tips on Landing Your Dream Job

1. Know what you want. A lot of youth aren’t aware of the spectrum of careers available to them. Take time to explore different career options before spending money to pursue a career path. When you know what you want to do, pursue it with passion, vigor and determination.

2. Pursue it passionately. After college, I wanted to pursue NASCAR®, but had no connections in the industry. I phoned every contact I could find online and in print publications to make my “elevator pitch.” I even offered to work for free until I built a network. Eventually, I found a mentor who helped me find a job because people were starting to leverage my skillset. A lot of people gave me a chance because they saw I was genuine about my career aspirations.

3. Embrace change. Passion and the right skillset are traits that translate into any job industry. Many people pigeonhole themselves into a specific industry, but you should always be ready to pivot and pursue new opportunities.

Ready to take the next step in your career? Visit Careers.ConsumersEnergy.com to learn how you can join our team.

At Consumers Energy, we believe we are more than a place to get your energy. We’re a career destination. As a company of more than 7,000 employees and thousands of contractors, we’re creating a culture where one can grow personally and professionally. Our ‘Career Corner’ blog series is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of leaders who will power our state. Have a career development question for one of our leaders? Leave a comment below. It may be featured in a future edition of Career Corner.