Nobody could have anticipated the dissatisfaction being experienced by millions of millennials around the world with respect to their career, as many came into the workforce with the promise of a bright future, only to discover that they are now stuck in a race that seemingly does not have an end.
While some of this can be associated with the false expectations infused within young minds about a career, thanks to the thousands of self-help books out there which encourage people to find purpose in their everyday work, this dissatisfaction with the workplace also exists, in many cases, because many people are stuck in professions which do not align well with their personality at all.
However, if you find yourself stuck in a job, for whatever reason, don’t worry. Here’s a guide to help you along the way.
Time To Reflect
The truth is that many millennials who are looking for work that they are passionate about don’t even have enough clarity about their own passions in the first place.
Besides, not everyone has the freedom to follow their dreams, as there are many financial commitments which require a person to simply secure a job and work consistently in order to meet everyday expenses.
Both these factors are resulting in a workforce that is growing increasingly dissatisfied with their experience in the corporate world.
However, the problem originates from the fact that we look at a career in the short term without analyzing the long-term implications of our decisions.
For example, while our current job may not be the most ideal fit for our personality, in the long run, the skills we learn from it may prove to be very useful in securing jobs which require people to come from a diverse background.
Also, undergoing and surviving challenging situations allows one to develop leadership qualities, which may very well allow you to eventually start up a venture that you are truly passionate about with all your heart.
Hence, no matter how torturous or monotonous you may find your current job, just know that there is always something you can learn from it.
For example, your current employer may have taught you the importance of teamwork, while your previous employer helped you understand the importance of creating budgets for the company to ensure long-term profitability.
Regardless, there is always something good happening for the company because of your role, and you simply need to identify that value-adding factor and apply it when you are in a leadership position yourself.
Also, stop searching for the highs at your workplace, such as a pat on the back for a job well done, because you are not going to receive them all the time. Instead, work upon being more receptive to learning opportunities at the workplace, even if they seem very boring to you.
The more you learn at this stage, the more knowledgeable you are going to emerge when it’s time for you to assume a leadership position, and with all this knowledge and diverse experience, you are bound to make a great leader.