One of the few things that Millennials are afraid of is that of the feeling of being left behind, they feel like they had to know what they were supposed to do with their lives, and if they don’t, they’d fall behind and never catch up.
And of course, people in their 20’s have high hopes for themselves on fulfilling their dream careers, that they all want to feel like they’re doing better than everybody else around them. They want to be in-pace with everyone at their age, and as they cross the 20-something-year-old threshold, they are most probably be feeling the twenty-something blues; the feeling of being scared, little, and confused. And let me tell you something, it is perfectly FINE!
You are young, you are free, and you can pretty much do anything that your mind is set up for. Being in your 20’s is fun, super exciting but also pressuring.
So, as a newbie, even if you’re not sure of what you want to do yet, even if you feel underqualified, or don’t think to have the “enough” and “right” experience, and even if you feel little in a big world full of professionals, it’s okay. All you need to do is to have the fit and right mindset to start your journey.
1. It’s fine to not know what to do yet.
You don’t know what to do? It’s fine, use it as an advantage.
What most people don’t recognize is that it’s fine to not know what to do yet. Most of them assume that not knowing where you’re heading and what to do in life is a huge negative.
But to be honest, being absolutely certain about things that you want to actually do is a disadvantage itself.
If you do not know what you want to do yet, you have one of the greatest advantages of all – you get to be curious. You get to discover things that other people might not know, as you also get to be a little kid again and explore.
2. Be humble and take what you can get
In today’s world, admit it or not most Millennials are entitled. They demand something so great, especially for jobs that they expect and want. And at their very young age with no experience at all, it is quite hard for someone to land a “good job” or your dream job, for that matter, right after graduating college.
Be humble and work your hardest, and eventually you’ll find a job that will keep you afloat – and at a young age, that is more than okay. Take what you can get; you never know what lies ahead. You never know what opportunities await, and you certainly don’t know what the future holds.
Take a job that will feed you first before finding a job that will feed your heart.
3. Sometimes passion follows hard work
Most of the time you would hear people say that you’ll work even harder if your work is also your passion. In some nature, yes, it is true. But there are also cases where passion follows hard work and not the other way around.
You see, once a person realizes that they are good at something that they do, they’re becoming more passionate about that certain thing, up until they realize that “hey, I like doing this thing”.
Though in reality, to be able to really be good at something is actually quite hard. You’ll go through periods of feeling giving up. Points where you will feel like not working anymore. And that’s okay. Working hard is boring. Plus, it’s also impossible for someone to not get bored for doing something over and over again.
But keep in mind that once you get really good at something, you’ll see the impact you’re having, the value you’re creating, and feel that deep sense of accomplishment. And that will then be your passion.
4. Find an Adviser
Mentors are good for feedback loops and for leveraging your experience, which can certainly accelerate your growth.
And as a newbie, you would probably be needing someone that can help you adapt to the new environment that awaits you. Therefore, finding someone that you can ask for advice is quite essential to further your understanding.
Finding a mentor is the closest thing to a “shortcut” to success.
5. Keep learning
Try not to remain at one location for too long. Diversify your work history while you’re still young. You got a lot of time to play with your choices. Take classes, or take opportunities that your mentors or your workplace offers you to learn.
Also, you don’t really have to dig deep into them. Just a little exposure to a new skill will give you a better perspective on things that you may want to pursue in the future, and may eventually be your own personal brand.
For in this ever-changing field, it is vital to have the mindset of always being eager to learn and grow no matter the place in one’s career.
6. Take a risk
Being in your 20’s, you actually don’t have anything to be afraid of. Dear, you don’t have anything to lose. Now is the perfect time to take that leap of faith and risk. I say, go for it. If it scares you, then you MUST go for it. You might not get this chance ever again.
7. Screw up
You heard it right. Yes, screw up. Make mistakes. Make dumb decisions. Go with your craziest and careless options. Feel the sense of things not working out. Because at your age, to be honest, it’s not going to matter that much, you may want to actually have it this early than later. As you will probably feel more secure, relaxed, and at peace with the idea of failure, and lastly, you’ll get to learn from experience – the best teacher of all.
So, go out there and don’t be afraid to mess up. You have your whole life ahead of you – you might even thank yourself later.