[Okay, not all of them. ]
In the past year I’ve been invited to several career events, to coach or hold speeches about choosing a career, a life vision, or something similar. At first, it was kind of surprising, since this blog’s aim is not career planning. But there is a need out there, and talking to young people I discovered why.
First, I’m not that old. I’m a Gen Yer myself. But I guess I’m one of the “early ones” who got to have less opportunities. And that’s a good thing. You’ll see why.
Talking to Gen Yers these past few months made me realize a huge point. They are overwhelmed by opportunities. There’s too much to choose, too much to do. And not enough time to try them all. Not enough time even to decide.
There’s career fairs, “Open Day” events, business simulations, case studies, internships, management trainee programs (yes! we have one as well!), mentorship programs, work and travel programs around the world, and to top it off, endless study degrees and MBA programmes just in case you don’t want to go into the real “full time 9 to 5″ working world yet.
So, having too many opportunities is a bad thing?
Yes, it is, if you don’t choose.
The whole purpose of having multiple opportunities is getting a larger array of options to choose from. But that makes the choice process even more difficult.
In a way, what happens with Gen Yers and their career choice is similar to what goes on when you’re on the Internet.
There’s so many things to choose, so many things to read about and experiment, that you only skim through.
You don’t leave the time to read a book. You don’t take the time to immerse.
But the problem there, see, is that if you only skim through, you won’t learn the real deal. True wisdom and experience are not found in interned articles. They’re found in the time you spend reading the entire book.
They’re found in experiences in which you allow the time to really learn everything.
So, to all of you out there who want to experience just one more thing before “settling down”, let me tell you this.
Settling down isn’t the end of your journey. It’s the real beginning.