Gone are the days when you get a gold watch for being 40 years at the same company. Compared with previous generations, people currently work for several companies before they are 30 years old.
Everyone’s journey is unique, but there are a few things that today’s graduates can do differently from their parents and grandparents:
- Be a continuous learner. The world is changing too fast to only rely on your studies after school. Short courses are a fantastic way to keep your skill set updated or help you move into a new career direction.
- Take advantage of everything you can learn at your company if you do not plan to stay forever. Those skills can assist you in landing your next position at a different company.
- Be self-reliant. Your employer will probably not take care of you (it is a bonus if they do). Know how to recharge and make resilience part of your skill set.
- Advice such as “follow your passion” or “turn your life purpose into a job” can sometimes damage individuals if they don’t find their dream jobs. Dan Cable suggested that one should follow your blisters instead. According to him, a blister wears at you, chafes you, but you keep getting drawn back to it. It implies perseverance, although they are not always blissful.
- The “gig economy”, where individuals have short-term contracts or freelance work instead of one permanent job, is becoming popular. Don’t be hesitant to be part of the new model.