Your parents mean well when they give you job search advice. They do! They give you heartfelt advice about finding a job and building a career because they want you to succeed. They want to see you thrive at a job. That, and they really, really want you to move out of their basement!
Unfortunately, your parents’ job seeking advice is probably terrible and you should stop listening to it. Here’s why:
We’re locked deeply into winter, and yet spring will soon, well, spring… and many college students will have only days remaining in their college career.
Right about then, the question turns from “Will I ever get my degree?” to “What am I going to do with that degree?” Let’s start warming up your job search now, and get you an answer before you graduate!
A few months after graduation, in my first real-world job, I received a piece of feedback from my boss on my performance. It seems although I was out of school, I was still in college mode.
This is an important lesson for all new, or soon to be, graduates. When you get to work the first week, there will be no printed sheet of deadlines and expectations.
Now don’t panic. All the information you need to make a stellar work syllabus for yourself exists in your organization; you just have to find it.
Recently, I met with some friends who will graduate from college soon and are anxious about what’s next.
They shared: “Ugh, I hate not knowing what I’m going to do with my life!”
And I thought I’d share with you what I shared with them: It’s okay. You don’t have to know.
In my many interviews and readings about successful people, it’s become clear that those with the most exciting and successful careers were never quite able to answer the question “what is your dream job.”
I’ve read that one third of 20-somethings feel depressed.
I believe it. And it’s easy to see why. The society we live in today makes sure we compare every single aspect of our lives with that of other people.
In our twenties, we’re paving our path, digging through dirt, figuring out which road we’d like to go down.
We’re discovering ourselves. We’re discovering the world.
But it seems that every time we manage to achieve something great in our lives, we then feel the need to compare ourselves to other people. Suddenly, all the awesome stuff we’re doing doesn’t seem to matter all that much.
Another day, another Boomer blogger lumping all Millennials into one composite person… talking about how best to “lead” Gen Y as though they aren’t already in the room.
While Millennials continue to deal with these broad stereotypes, they are also painfully aware of their workforce reality: the majority of them did not, and will not, have a job waiting for them at graduation. And yet we blame them for not wanting to follow in our incompetent footsteps?