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The last six months have been the biggest transition of my entire life. I have experienced more change in that span than I could ever imagine.

In this time I have gone from a college student to a professional, I have gone from working in a nonprofit atmosphere to an agency environment, I have moved from Austin, Texas to Washington D.C., I have gone from financially dependent to completely self sustainable. On top of all those things, one of my best friends got married, my parents sold the house that I grew up in, and I just found out that I am going to be an uncle (congrats Steve).

All of this change is a bit overwhelming at times. You struggle to find places where you feel comfortable, the people you are around are completely different, and at times, yeah, you do miss the sanctity of what you once called home.

But then I remember the reason why all of these changes occurred; opportunity. My brother is starting down a family path, my parents are selling their house to grow their business, my friend wants to be with the one he loves forever, and I…

Well I was given a chance.

From my personal experience, I can say that change brings on a completely new set of challenges. But the question that always puts change into perspective is “what about the alternative?”

What if I, or the people around me, never took the leap?

I plan to use this to drive me further in the future. Change can be scary, and for those of you who can see change in front of you, do what you can with it! Because change isn’t there to force you to be something you’re not, it is there to drive you to what you can be.

My story has had some fun and interesting plot twists over the past few months, but it is nothing compared to your story, I can’t wait for you to share it with me.

My blog  just turned 40.

Like most that experience age 40, my blog is questioning itself in a weird mesh of reflection and bewilderment.

“How has there already been 40 posts?”

“Ugh, those paragraphs aren’t as tight as they used to be.” 

“Have I, after 40 posts, been successful?”

The interesting thing is that I feel a forty-year old would come to terms with the above comments much like I am coming to terms with this blog. A lot has happened over the time period of those 40 posts. The writing may not be as ambitious or written with the same intellectual vigor, but it has developed a tone; it now has structure. And yes it has been successful. It may not have won any awards, but it has carried a message, and has been received well by people.

So… am I supposed to buy a Corvette now or something?

Well, my blog is 40, not me, so I think the Corvette will have to wait. But in the meantime I do have some ideas for what I am going to do:

       1.     I am going to write to an audience, an audience that will listen.

When I started this blog it was intended to demonstrate that I was familiar to blogging, and meant to be a device to help me develop my writing skills. But I got tired of writing to some mythical job recruiter, and I decided to focus on writing to people who can identify with me. I will continue to offer this blog as a tool to recent graduates, employment seekers, and emerging communications professionals.

       2.     I am going to tell a story.

As I look back on some of my past writing, I realize that my best posts reveal something to the reader, and give them something that they can feel. A persuasive argument has no emotion, but an inspiring story can be quite persuasive and can hit people in the gut, where it really counts.

       3.     I am going to continue to strive for excellence.

While I feel I have made great strides in my writing, I want more. I want to engage a readership. I want to see a conversation take place via comments sparked by a thought-provoking post. I want people to tweet about my posts; to ignite conversations of their own. I want my pursuit of betterment to make other people better.

I do realize that those are some pretty lofty goals. But how else do you achieve greatness other than by setting the bar high?

I am fortunate though, to know what I need to do to achieve those goals: Listen. I will listen to criticism, I will listen to advice, and I will listen to my audience to make my online presence, worth something to others.

There is one more thing that I will try do start doing more frequently; leave with a call-to-action. So I say this to you: write. Write with everything you got. Put your head down on a piece of paper; punch out your thoughts on a keyboard. And if you are already doing that, great. Show me what you got. Share your writing with me, as I share with you. So that by the time you and I turn 40, our achievements will allow us to afford that Corvette.

 

Did you just graduate and still haven’t heard back from your interview? Is your savings account getting smaller by the second? Do you have a deadline to get a job?

Well congratulations.

Think about this. You have received a wonderful opportunity to see what kind of person you really are. How are you assessing the situation? Are you currently on summer vacation or have you done something about your job situation? If you have done something, what?

I recently read an article in the New York Times about how “The American Dream is Elusive for a New Generation.” I hear of so many stories of Millennials struggling to find a job. Some say there is no availability. Some say they can only land internships. Some cop-out on the fact that it is a rough economy.

I have a message to all those who are struggling: do something about it. This is a time where people are truly being tested. This means you should acknowledge the fact that it most likely won’t be easy. You should understand that. Understand that the situation lends itself to create doubt in yourself and ability. Being aware of the situational pressure will allow you to take some pressure off of your mental psyche.

Two mice fell into a vat of milk. The first mouse gave up a drowned. Be the second mouse and make butter and walk out.

The current job situation is analogous to any difficult class you had in college. There is most likely going to be a bell curve that outlines who gets the jobs and who sits at home. Assess your situation with that in mind; the talented are going to land a job. If you can justify to yourself that you are top talent, then you can use that explanation in an interview and get the job; because you really are as good as you think you are.

During any difficult times there are always going to be two things that get you through it.

1. Be Rational.

Do not play into the emotions of the situation. Make plans for all the scenarios that fly around in your head. Be practical and tactical in your job hunting; don’t hope to get lucky or wish someone would give you a chance. Be the keystone to opportunity by connecting yourself to the people and places that will work for you. Talk out situations and ideas with people around you; understanding your support network and being able to feel its presence is always a boost to anyone’s confidence. 

2. Work Hard.

I am under the belief that hard work does pay off. Set goals that you would like to achieve and figure out what needs to be done to achieve them. Get these ideas on paper. It is much easier to focus on the tasks you have at hand if you do not have these plans and concerns playing in the background of your brain. If you dedicate yourself and believe in your true ability, things will work for you. Don’t hesitate to jump on opportunities.

Note: Because you are working hard, make time to take breaks and relax. Understand that your hard work has earned you time to step away from the job search. This will leave you refreshed and open your mind to different perspectives. It may also remind you of things that got buried under the job search, like laughing and family.

So I say to you, congratulations on understanding the opportunity that rests before you. Challenges are what make us stronger as they give us experience and perspective. Learn from your journey. Carpe diem. And be resilient. Because those attributes will do more than set you up for your first job; they will set you up for life.

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