I’ve been asked to deliver 3 Career workshops in less than 3 months, and while I love doing that, I can’t help but thinking what might be the increasing need behind. Is it a trend?
According to many studies, Millennials (or Generation Y) are the spoiled and undecided generation. Sure, they have strengths, such as exceptional ability to master new technology and keep themselves up to date with everything (yes, everything, including what you posted last night on Facebook!).
And while they ask “What should I do with my life?” their parents, teachers, mentors, or bosses smirk and look elsewhere. Because older people think “It’s just a fad. Get on and do something. I never had the luxury to decide. I had to work, to bring you up.”
Well maybe Generation Y really needs this help. Maybe we’re so flooded with opportunity, with encouragement and with insanely high expectations that we don’t know what to target first. And there seems to be this huge pressure to “choose something, do something, be on a path of some sort.”
And that’s okay. Uncertainty and not knowing where to go are okay.
Because you will change, anyhow.
Here are some simple tips for having a clear view on where you want to go.
And if you want more, just click on the right side of my blog page, in the Tools area. You’ll find the Career Planning tool there.
1. Look at your overall life picture and take into account what will change.
2. Look inside and ask yourself what you like to do and what you know well. Even if the “Do what you love and the money will come” quote might not appply 100% of the cases, it’s still worth trying to find a career that fits with your strong points.
3. Look into the future at where you want to be and track your steps back to now. Create some milestones. Heck, at least create a direction.
4. Create a product to sell. That’s you. Who are you and why should anyone hire you? Make a Personal Brand.
(Some might argue that Personal Branding should come first. After all, how do you expect to get somewhere, or at least know where you’re going, if you don’t know who you are?
My opinion is that Personal Branding is more like a marketing tool to the outside. Sure, the inner search for self should happen before. But that’s not the subject of this post, or of Career Coaching. That’s something entirely different.)
As a final note, all I can add here is “Build some synergy“. Connect. Find others who have the same questions.