Not everyone knows exactly what they want to do with their lives when they are 16…18…21…36. Most people evolve and decide to change mid-career, but nevertheless that first commitment to “what you’ll do for the rest of your life” is a big dilemma for most of us.
As a millennial you are told you need both a valuable college degree and an international experience to really have a chance to earn the big bucks (in about 10 years they say…). Society puts this big weight on that first decision of career path in a world that tells you you’ll need to change every 6 to 12 months if you want to have a job.
Meanwhile companies open and close to the thousands every year, so “don’t think about creating one cause it’s too risky”.
Millennials as a working generation have higher standards required of them than any other generation so far… You need to know both hard and soft skill, have technical and creative abilities, be a good individual worker but also know how to be part of a team. You have to know it all, be able to become more and have 3 years of experience in your field for an entry level job.
With this kind of unrealistic and competitive environment, is no wonder a lot of us are starting their own companies or becoming freelancers. This leads to most people being torn between:
- Having a college degree or working experience
- Go technical or creative
- Be an expert or a multipotentialite
- Be an office worker or self-employed
- Stay in your home country or emigrate
All of this bilateral questions end up being about choosing between an opportunity to have a commonly considered steady career or an inconsistent path of actual work fulfillment. The thing is, these aren’t the only options you have, nor are they mutually exclusive!
You can become fulfilled in your job by various ways and means.
When thinking about what you want your working life to be, don’t dwell on understanding what model works for you, but rather what you want your life to be. If you are struggling to understand what you want work wise, these are the correct questions you should ask yourself:
- What kind of value to I want to create to the world/society/environment?
- With whom do I want to work and how (alone, in a team, technically, creating…)?
- Do I want one set area of work for 10-20 years or to change between areas every 3-5 years?
- Do I want to be the worker, the boss, the leader or the “tasker” ?
- How many hours to I want to work a week?
- How much money do I want to make an hour?
- What do I want my work to be about?
It’s perfectly natural not to have the answers right away, since no one taught you to think about these questions… You can figure the answers out with the right help!
Waiting to live your life on the weekend and on retirement is a sad sad prospect… Your work doesn’t have to be a punishment, you just need to choose what type of life you want it to give you.
Throw the “socially accepted manuals of life” out, they don’t work anymore! Understand yourself, your purpose, your mission and always be sure of what you want to do with your life.