As a young adult in high school or college your dream job has changed from being an NBA All-Star, Astronaut, or Zoo Keeper to working for Google, starting your own company, or being a Vice President. But, even with that shift we have to understand as first-time true job seekers that our first job? Is not going to be our dream job, it may not even be the entry level position that in 20 years will lead to the dream job.
I don’t know if I should say this but… your first job? You might not even like it. You might even hate it. Oops. There you have it. Gen Y needs to embrace the job market for what it is. You have 40+ years to work. You might not get it right, every single time. Rather than settling for no income and trying to find the PERFECT entry level job, keep an open mind. Work experience, no matter what it is, is better than no experience. [As a side note – I do enjoy my current job, hence why I have this blog, in case a boss or two come across this post 🙂 but, a VP at Nike wouldn’t be too bad either].
Job descriptions almost never call for “0 experience needed,” therefore, you can’t be too picky. You will find a world of jobs that ask for 1-3 years or 2-5 years. Once you have that, the doors open and open wide. Not only do you have experience but, you’ve started a network too.
The job search for a Millennial is difficult, there’s no doubt about that. But, rather than thinking the world is made for what you deem to be your perfect career path, realize there is much greater opportunity when the “work experience” section on your resume has substance. It contains more than that internship you did for a friends mom, that president of a club role that you turned into a job, or that tax free Nanny positon you’ve had the last 3 summers.
Apply. Network. Interview. Even if you’re unsure if it’s right for you, if anything, you’ll have great practice!
Need help getting started? www.indeed.com is a great source. Comment and let me know your questions on how to get pointed in the right direction.