As the year draws to an end, most of us start to reflect on our lives, finances, and careers we start wondering whether with done enough and a lot of the time being a lot harder on ourselves than we need to. Entering a new job can be an extremely daunting experience for someone of any age, especially those just setting foot into the world of work. Nowadays there is a lot of expectation from society to be successful, but it’s important to remember that these things take time, especially if you are just starting out in a career.
At the end of the day, taking time to figure out what you want to do is vital. You are going to be working for the majority of your life so striving to be in a career you enjoy is an absolute priority. That is not to say every day of your working life will be a joy, but having a career doing something you love will make the bad days’ worth it.
There is a huge amount of pressure on young people to have their whole lives figured out as soon as they leave education. Previous generations of women had to prepare for jobs, not careers. Expectations for young people have changed hugely over recent years. Society’s mentalities and attitudes are different to what they once were, it is accepted and if anything praised, for a woman to succeed in a man’s world for the first time ever.
However, perfectionism is forever increasing due to the affect and power of social media. Studies have found that today’s school leavers and graduates feel more societal pressure compared to any generations previous. It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of social media and feel as if you must compete, but instead of crumbling at the very thought of the stresses and pressures that come with starting out in any career, it is so important to know that you have time. Everybody is on their own unique journey.
It is all too common these days to feel like you are running out of time without even having started out in any sort of career path. That feeling of unaccomplishment and unfulfillment dooming over you if you haven’t reached success by the age of 25. Millennials need to know that there are a lot of positives when it comes to beginning their career, like understanding there is room for trial and error, and that any mistakes you make or wrong turns you take are guaranteed to make you grow, learn and succeed. Stay positive, be selfish, don’t give up and the rest will follow.
‘So relax, you’re not late, you’re not early, you’re very much on time.’
Words by Ellie Fairchild
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