Updated: Jan 12, 2019
Millennials are viewed nowadays negatively, some even saying that they are the worst generation. The older generation would often find millennials to be entitled and lazy, which would often create a huge discord among the two. This negative impression has really affected how the younger generation is seen in the workplace, and a lot of times it is assumed that they are not as efficient and they would take a long time before they learn to really perform. As part of the millennial generation, it is important for me that this assumption would change because it gives us such a bad name, especially when you know that it’s not absolute truth.
Probably the most challenging part of adulthood is choosing a career you are going to do for a very long time. Some figure it out quickly while others struggle to find that one thing, they find passionate about. Although there are endless opportunities for millennials especially right now at this day and age where opportunities to make money may come in unconventional ways, many still find it very difficult to choose a career path. As a professional, here are some of the pieces of advice I would like to share with you when it comes to choosing a career.
As the saying goes, "experience is the best teacher". I’ve had a lot of bad experiences when I was younger, and I thought my life was going nowhere. But at the same time, I was very much exposed to the construction and development industry, which opened the doors for me to find out the career I would be open to exploring. It’s also important to gain experience from different employers or mentors. I am not saying that it’s okay to constantly switch jobs, but if you’re struggling to find a job in order to gain experience in an industry you want to grow in, be open to an internship where you can learn alongside a mentor. It may not pay well but just gain enough experience and sooner or later you’ll be able to find that it was worth it. Do this while you’re still young.
Find Your Passion
I knew I was passionate about construction because I loved seeing something in my head come to life. As I have also mentioned earlier, I was exposed to the real estate and property development industry early on. A lot of millennials stick to a job because it pays the bills not because they really wanted to grow in it. I understand that not a lot of people can afford to do this but if you are really passionate about something, you do whatever it takes. During the beginning of my career, I didn’t make a lot of from it but I liked doing it because I was passionate about building.
The best time to take risks is during the beginning of your career and when you’re young. This way, you will be able to learn from any mistakes you probably would make. In any industry, one of the most important things to realize is that not taking risks won’t get you anywhere. Especially if you are an up and coming entrepreneur, taking risks will show others how much you are willing to do to make things happen and this could be such a great reputation builder. Take risks while you are just starting out because you have nothing to lose yet.