Millennial anxiety - What should my career be?
There's one simple answer to this question... and that is that there is no simple answer to this question. So what's all the fuss about?
In an era of high expectations, thousands of graduate degrees, and supposedly universal accessibility, why is it now that the twenty-somethings of the world seem to be more and more unsure about what to do with themselves?
There are a number of reasons that the phenomenon known as millennial anxiety has come about, and it's not all their fault. Though of course, it isn't the fault of everybody else either. So the first step is to stop pointing fingers, take a deep breath, and remember, it's not the end of the world. It's time to take a test drive.
For many years, in fact, in the five years since I graduating from university, I have tried numerous jobs, and just as many industries, from the tedious to the mundane, the lucrative to the impoverished, and I have learnt a very simple thing. There really is no pressure to get your career choice right from the very start. Well, except for the strange and irrational pressure that comes from somewhere deep in your cerebral cortex, but we can ignore that for now.
At Doer, we have long advocated the brilliance of temporary work to better inform people of what they really want. After a month in a property development company, you might decide it's all a little disorganised. Or with a month's experience in management consultancy, you might want to get out and about in daylight hours once in a while. Or even after a month in finance, you might realise that the money just isn't that important to you. Of course, this is by no means a judgement on any of those career choices, or the people that choose them, but rather it is a desperate plea for the graduates of today not to leap head first into a career that, unbeknownst to them, is going to eat their soul, just because of who they are as a person.
There is something so valuable about taking the time, stepping gently into the world, learning some of those key skills, and making an informed and therefore wise decision. And the best part? With all of those bits of work under your belt, you'll be even better positioned to get the dream job when you've finally worked out what that is!