For my parents, fulfilling the job requirements for a particular role was like jumping over a small puddle of mud. When a work desk was allocated to them at the workplace, they placed photo frames to remind them of their loved ones, ensured the chair was at the perfect height and went for a scouting mission to find out the best lunch break establishments within walking distance. “For the typical employee decades ago, chances are, you are going to be in this role daily for the rest of your life,” they would tell me.
Imagining what they went through decades ago in this era makes me tremble in fear. I don’t want to remain stuck in the same job until I reach my retirement age. For us twenty-year-olds, being trapped in this monotonous work experience for a long time is enough to kill our creativity, and our lust for the most extraordinary adventures life can give us.
Today’s Twentysomethings Represent The Next Generation Of Thinkers And Doers
When we see a pair of shoes that catches our fascination, we immediately click the “Buy” button. If we want to travel to a particular beach destination, we will immediately withdraw our money from the bank to purchase the flight tickets that would take us there. The same can be said for the realm of employment; when we want to accomplish a set of career goals, we will do whatever it takes to get there and, in the process, learn more about ourselves. I am no exception.
However, there are still many who believe being confined in a cubicle for the better part of your working career is and should be the only way. They make arguments like,
“It shows your boss that you are a hard worker.”
“I want to show my manager that I can and will collaborate with others.”
“It will make my resume stand out from the others.”
I have witnessed firsthand how possessing this mentality yields no benefits to advance your career. In this modern era, it can do the opposite and be detrimental. I switched between jobs every couple of months because I wanted to expand my skills base, and, more importantly, I don’t want to experience an identity crisis by the age of thirty.
Are you not sensing that something is missing from your life and thinking of making a change? Does the idea of having a short tenure at the company you are working for make you feel uneasy? Are you terrified because you have a lengthy list of former employers? Don’t be frightened because there is hope for you yet.
Employers Have No Interest In Your Job Count
I know this is a blunt statement, but it is true. I have been working in the recruitment sector for slightly more than a year, and while working with my senior colleagues, I learned that they give very little attention to how many jobs you have taken in the past.
You should eliminate the attitude you have about the way employers digest your resume. I graduated last year and was desperate to secure a job, especially at the peak of a global pandemic. At the time, I was offered a job I didn’t like but had no other choice. The pay so low that I thought to myself, “This must be a black-market rate.”
By the end of the first year, I learned so much from the job and my colleagues, who were incredibly supportive of each other. However, just before starting my second year on the job, I decided to resign because I realised it didn’t make my life more rewarding or fulfilling.
No Harm To Demand More From Life
I was hungry for new adventures. I craved new challenges. I knew I deserved to see more of the world than just that tiny workspace, and frankly, I was tired of spending most of my life doing the same thing over and over again. So, I started applying for other jobs.
When my family and friends immediately heard about this, they did not hold back on their opinions and comments. Most of them fell along the lines of:
“It is too early for you to quit.”
“It makes you look like a weakling and a loser.”
“Your generation does not see the value of hardship.”
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you have not found it, keep looking. Do not settle.”Steve Jobs
When I heard their two cents, I was stunned. I mean, it is my choice, my life, and now everyone seems to want to have a stake in it. I made a choice because I knew I deserved better and wanted to make the necessary life changes that would help me achieve a lifelong sense of purpose. Instead of reacting with criticism and disgust, shouldn’t we be more supportive of people who are stepping outside their comfort zones to live their lives authentically?
Keeping track of these job applications, I went for more than a few virtual interviews. Ultimately, however, I decided to withdraw all my job applications and be a self-employed writer and photographer. That one year of working experience in the recruitment sector was more than enough to let me know that I like my adventures more when presented in the form of creative pursuits than when presented in Excel reports.
Final 2¢: Nobody Cares About Your Job Hopping
The working environment has evolved significantly over the course of decades. Fortunately, more and more people care about the attitude and personality you bring into the team more than the hard skills you learned from college or university.
If you can demonstrate you are a hard worker, a critical thinker, and an ambitious person with the expertise required of the industry you operate in, that is all you require. It is a straightforward formula, but it saddens me to see that people want to make it look like a Feynman diagram.
We are twenty-year-olds, and although we have much to learn in this world, the world sees us. They recognise our existence. As a result, they are adjusting to this new hybrid of personality and welcoming us as change advocates who will attempt new and unimaginable feats.
The world needs you. So, hit the ground running and show them what you got.