#Entitled … #Narcissistic … #Self-obsessed … #Unemployed … #Millennials
Millennials communicate with hashtags and take selfies. They want to turn dreams and passions into flashy jobs that can afford them the latest Apple gadgets and trips around the world. They are condemned for a “me” attitude, lack of preparedness, failure to commit to the workforce and unrealistic expectations of life gains.
Twenty-somethings are also applauded for open-mindedness, forward thinking and self-expression. Along with liberal views, new perspectives and cultural confidence, the kids of Gen Y are future leaders who seek outlets for their creative talents and opportunities for professional establishment.
Even if that means not working for someone else.
A freelance career offers independence and flexibility, a professionally kinder word to describe freedom from a tight schedule and stifling office location. Sara Sutton, CEO of professional job service FlexJobs, told Forbes.com that the shift to freelancing is exciting. Young people can fit work into their lives, rather than try to find time for life outside of work. Freelancing also offers collaboration, diversification and career ownership, as well as self-appointed opportunities to make a difference and foster an entrepreneurial spirit.
Currently, freelancers and independent workers account for 16 million people in the workforce. That number is predicted to increase dramatically within the decade estimates freelance recruiting firm MBO Partners, who predicts more than half of all employees will work independently as freelancers or consultants by 2020.
For a motivated millennial with an appetite for a balanced and flexible career, freelancing may just be their first choice among all available career options. Specifically, the following freelancing opportunities seem to match that Gen Y lifestyle quite well:
Gen Y enjoys its self-expression, from hipster looks to blogging. Writing provides Gen Y creatives with opportunities to establish an online persona, independent voice and meaningful conversations. Huffington Post contributor David Hochman recommends freelancers “think like an investor” and diversify. Hochman’s writing projects range from a blogging gig, corporate writing assignments, print magazine profiles, and a personal essay.
Video gaming masterminds can now earn a profit turning a hobby into a profession. Freelancing network oDesk connects game design specialists and designers with clients. Gaming gurus can post a profile that markets game design skills, including game development and testing, iOS development, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, 3D modeling, and 2D/3D animation. Gaming platform iWin also develops, publishes and distributes games with its Developer First Program. iWin games can be downloaded to PCs and even published on Facebook.
Professional event planners can outsource their services for community fundraisers and philanthropic events. Millennials who have a hand in work with a greater purpose feel energized. Millennials want to help drive change and make an impact, which ultimately provides intrinsic self-reward and recognition. Freelance event consulting for a nonprofit organization can provide a sense of advocacy and goodwill.
Millennials suffer from smartphone addiction and habitual need for connection. A self-employed social coordinator or community manager experiences work autonomy and social engagement. A social media professional will be responsible for managing and updating social media platforms. They’ll create online marketing campaigns, implement social strategies and publish content.
Of course, there are many other choices: IT professionals, copywriters, marketers, product managers and graphic designers among them.
And with all those options available to Millennials, maybe they should stop looking for a job… and start building a career.
About the Author: Kayla Cruz graduated college at the age of 20 with a degree in Health Services Administration. She is currently working as a Regulatory Coordinator in Clinical Research while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration specializing in Human Resources. She has found she’s most passionate about helping young professionals navigate through their first few years as GenYers in the workforce. Follow Kayla onTwitter!