The way we see our careers in today’s society is hit or miss. What I mean by that is that if we do not get the perfect job or career right away, then there is no point to advance career wise. And I’m here to tell you that that is entirely not true. We are so lucky that the way we define careers has changed since our grandparent’s time and our parent’s time.
There is no longer one job for the rest of your life. A lot of the time or parents and grandparents got that one job and stayed there, obviously, there are exceptions. Nowadays, we change jobs more frequently, and there is more of a chance to change field or to find another job faster.
There is, however, a downside to this, you need to adapt to every situation thrown at you; we need to be able to jump from job to job and not get knocked down to our feet all the time. The paths that we take career are bumpy, completely uncertain and often hit a dead end. Knowing what job you want is not that easy anymore. With new jobs popping up right left and center, it becomes much more difficult to pick one. But that’s the great thing about careers nowadays, we do not need to settle with one job.
We are also in a time where the reasons for our work have changed. If you ask your grandparents what kind of lifestyle they wanted for your parents, they wanted them to have money, and be comfortable. And a lot of the time, at least in my case, parents want us to be happy.
This new generation entering the workforce wants to give back and help the world. Throughout history, our circumstances change. We want to work to earn money, yes absolutely, it’s a necessity. But we also want out jobs to be meaningful, to help people, to give back to our communities. Many times people will criticize us for that, as to why I could not tell you because no legitimate reason follows. Our generation has the ambition to help, and to create, and to seek opportunities. We are fortunate enough to grow up in a time of Disney, and imagination, where dreaming can become a reality. Obviously, not everyone around us, or around the world can have that, which is why I think we want to help so much. But then again we get criticized for it, but the one thing people need to see is that that doesn’t stop people because all we do is get back up and ignore the criticism.
Now some might say we are also a generation of high maintenance and that we want certain things, and that when we enter the workforce we expect too many accommodations. Which from another perspective, I can completely understand, but from my point of view, I see it as claiming what is there. We are entitled to equal pay, to health care benefits, to job safety, to a good working environment. Our parents have thought us that we deserve certain things. Call us spoiled, or bratty, but fighting for what we need to survive, such as affordable health care and equal pay, is not being done for fun. We do it because it is just and right, and in today’s society where prices for things are escalating and our salaries aren’t, we need certain things to be provided for us.
We are a generation that is in this slippery territory, the world before us kind of got turned upside down, not because of a specific group of people, more because of it just happening. We are in a time where the way we see poverty has shifted. The middle class is shrinking, the rich are getting richer, and the poorer are getting poorer. We see the need to stop that, and that is why we want so much from our jobs. We realize that there are things in this world that need to be fixed or repaired, and if we want to dedicate our career or jobs to that reason no one should tell us we can’t.
All this to say that careers have changed, and if anything you can make up your own definition of what a career is. We have so many options and opportunities, and yes it takes a lot of work and many setbacks, but if you really want that type of career—whichever it may be—then you have to be prepared and persevere through it. I know that you can, if you are not a happy point career wise, research your options. It might feel like you have none, but trust me you do.
Thank you for reading, I hope this gave you at least a tiny glimmer of hope!
Have a wonderful day!