So you’re finished with school, and now you are indecisive on what to do as a career. Maybe you thought pursuing a higher education wasn’t for you or you have worked in the same field for years and now you desire a change. Maybe God is leading you into a different area to experience advancement. I know, it’s a scary feeling and I have found myself in three of the four aforementioned. I’m a huge advocate of higher education. I believe knowledge is power. We can have all the money in the world, material possession and lose it all unexpectedly. Do you know that knowledge allows you to rebuild the wealth you have lost? That is why I’m an advocate for education, and I will always encourage young people to pursue a higher education. Yes, there is a price tag on education here in America. But I see it as an investment for the future. If one can reach the level of success they desire to achieve in life without higher education, by all means, go ahead.
Now that I got that out of the way, I know what it’s like to graduate with a degree and end up working in a different field. In fact, I read an article on CBSnews.com “New study shows careers and college majors often don’t match,” that suggest:
Plenty of Americans never works in the field that they prepared for in college. Among the 2,134 workers surveyed, 47 percent of college graduates did not find a first job that was related to their college major. What’s more, 32 percent of college grads said that they had never worked in a field related to their majors.”
I wasn’t surprised at those findings; I found myself in both categories at the beginning stage of my career. I never worked as a Journalist, and my first job out of college was as a legal assistant. I then went on to work as a Research Analyst for a couple of years. But nothing I have done thus far relates to what I went to school for. I am a Journalist by trade. I wrote for my school newspaper, and I interned in college. Honestly, if it were up to me, I’d probably be doing that right now. But my story is a little unique. Because after I got saved I sought the Lord for guidance in my career path. It was my way of surrendering my life to God. If I was going to surrender to God, I needed to surrender to what He wanted me to do. So I ended up working in the financial industry.
If you find yourself in this predicament today, fear not this is a chance to reinvent yourself. Just relax because you have an opportunity now to do something you love. Something that will bring you fulfillment choosing to pursue a new career is a great feeling. Don’t allow the thought of starting afresh to cripple you in a profession you have no desire to stay in. People start new careers every day, especially millennials. When I first started my career one of the BEST advice given to me “do not chase after titles and allow yourself to become seasoned.” Which meant when searching for jobs don’t pass up on opportunities because positions and salaries aren’t high enough. It’s okay to take a position to accumulate more work experience that will get you to your dream job. Nobody arrives at their dream job. If a person obtained their dream job just like that, something is not right in how they obtained it. Allowing yourself to become seasoned in your field by gaining experiences in other industries it diversifies your background experience.
I was reading another article on CNNmoney.com “The new normal: 4 jobs changes by the time you’re 32,” that refers to changing jobs as “job hopping.” We’ve all been told to avoid job-hopping because employers look at that. But Millenials are not following that rule. They are breaking all the rules when it comes to their careers.
That “it” is job hopping. A new study by networking site LinkedIn found that young people really do change jobs a lot more than their parents did.The new normal is for Millennials to jump jobs four times in their first decade out of college. That’s nearly double the bouncing around the generation before them did. The so-called Gen Xers who graduated college from 1986 to 1990 averaged about two job changes in their first ten years out of college, LinkedIn (LNKD, Tech30) found. Today’s college grads don’t just change jobs; they often switch into entirely different industries.
Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with job hopping (another topic by itself). I don’t believe in staying in the same position for more than two years. To me it shows a lack of growth. But here is why I don’t see a problem with “job hopping,” I remember when I was getting ready to graduate college in 2010 my professors said: “don’t worry there will be jobs waiting for you all.” At the time there was a concern with newspapers downsizing and finding ways to stay relevant to compete with the internet. T.V stations and media outlets finding ways to capitalized from print to electronic media. Those companies began laying off experienced Journalists cutting severance package for them to hire the new wave of talent. Those were the millennials very technology savvy and up to date with the current trends. But ask yourself, why did they get rid of experienced workers to hire raw talents? Besides the obvious of getting more talent for less. But those workers were one dimensional. Many were already stuck in their ways. They were so used to doing things one way that it would cost companies millions of dollars to retrain them, and it wasn’t guaranteed they would be able to keep up. Whereas a millennial with fresh talent, easier to nurture from the ground up and mold them into what you want them to do. From the mid-2000s up to this present time, many news outlets have made the switch from strictly print to using online blogs to cater to the growing masses that receives all their updates through the web. To stay relevant and stay afloat. So to close, I encourage you all to gain experience throughout your career and don’t be afraid to change industry if an opportunity present itself. I’ve done it, and it turned well for me. There is hope!
I’ve been on so many interviews where the interviewer has asked me “what do you see yourself doing with your degrees or what is your dream position.” My answer, “I don’t want to limit myself to one area or thing. If an opportunity present itself to me and it match my skill set, I would gladly consider it. I am naturally a passionate, hardworking individual therefore I would never limit myself to just doing “one” thing. I am not one dimension, and my resume showcase it.” So to you who is afraid to leave that job after 5-10 years, to you who is afraid to take a job outside of your field or you just starting out. Embrace that change and allow the experience to mold you. When you become seasoned in a particular area, you now have the authority to command what price you’re worth. Why? Because you are the BEST at what you do and no company will ever be able to deny that!
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