‘Go to school so you can build a career.’ ‘Follow your passion and do what you love.’ ‘You can be anything you want to be.’
These lessons have been instilled in millennials since they were born, and today they’re using them to reshape the traditional workplace. These young professionals want to carve out their own path and create their own opportunities and they often define themselves by the way they incorporate their individual passions into their decisions.
As millennials evolve, so does the workplace. Career opportunities are available that weren’t even imaginable 10 years ago. Today, it’s a lot easier to create your own employment based on your passions and unique skillset, so why wouldn’t you want to seek out something that you truly feel for?
To find the right career for you, start by asking yourself the following questions.
Are you passionate?
A person will spend about a third of their life at work in the span of a 50 year career, so it’s no wonder millennials want to love their job. Being passionate about what you do is a key part of a successful career.
As a new grad, the first few years in the workforce are important for figuring out whether you’re on the right path. If you’re unsure, ask yourself the following questions: Are you happy with your choice of career? Do your personal values align with those of your workplace? At the end of the work week, do you feel inspired?
Not everyone is currently in a role they feel passionate about, and that is okay. For you, passion may not be about the work you’re doing now, but where the work will lead you. There is no doubt that as a new grad, you will have to pay your dues to advance in your career. However, if you’re stuck in a job that continuously dissatisfies you, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate a few things.
Do you need a change of scenery?
It’s no secret that the structure of the typical millennial career has drastically changed from previous generations; one can be expected to change jobs over 15 times in an average career. While the idea of job-hopping might seem daunting, it’s important to be flexible as a young professional.
If you’re one of the many who went to school for something you weren’t exactly excited about, only to end up in a career that is unfulfilling, consider conducting a quick self audit. What are you good at? What do you enjoy spending your time doing? Your career path could shift with a quick Google search of the occupations that contain job descriptions involving these activities.
As Drake once rapped, “you only live once,” so why not spend your life continuously creating happiness in a career that really fulfills you? Success is about more than money, it’s about finding balance and happiness.