Life constantly changes. It keeps you on your toes, keeps you guessing. How can you be successful in this dynamic environment? Be Flexible.
You spend 4 – 8 years in university, graduate with honours after the years of study you put in. Now, you deserve to reap the rewards of your hard earned degree and start making money to carve out your little piece of paradise (FI). You apply for a job, followed by the infuriating “Thanks but No Thanks” email. Then you apply again. Yet another rejection. Unfortunately for us, it is an employers market. The world is churning out more university graduates than ever before so it is an exceptionally competitive world out there.
Jobs requiring a bachelor degree are filled by people with a masters, and employers looking for someone with a masters degree end up hiring someone with the letters PhD. We are in an era of Education Inflation. The answer to this is flexibility.
Maybe consider taking one of the entry level jobs. You never know where it can take you. If you can’t find a job which fits exactly what you’re looking for, to take one that is somewhat similar. That way, when you do find the job that fits you better, your resume will still reflect that you were improving your skills and not just sitting back letting your skills go to waste.
In some cases, you may have to take a which is not related to your field of study, or take a job lower in the corporate hierarchy than expected. But a job pays better than no job. You don’t know what it will lead to until you try it. If you hate it, then make a change, but perhaps you’ll love it and it will open doors to more opportunities.
Traditionally, you enter at the bottom rung of the career ladder, work your way as high as you can for 40 years, get a cigar and pat on the back at the retirement party and go enjoy your hard earned life away from work.
My parents always outwardly appeared to love their chosen professions and excelled at them. Recently, I decided to make a career change and that’s when both of them came to me at different times saying they wish they had changed careers back when they could.
This really got me thinking. Your typical 18 year old is expected to decide what job they want to do for the rest of their life. What do we know at that age?! I can tell you right now that 10 years ago, I was a very different person. This is reflected in the fact that I am making a career change.
We work for a significant portion of our life, so we should at least be interested or enjoy it. The alternative being hating work and it stressing you out endlessly. What music did you love at 18, do you still love it now? What books did you enjoy? Our interests are constantly evolving, including our professional ones. You may get lucky and pick the ideal career from the get go, but what if you don’t? Again, flexibility is key.
What I mean here is do not be afraid to change things up. If you aren’t enjoying your career, try a new job? Maybe in the same field but a different company, or perhaps completely change lanes and go into a new industry. You may take a pay cut, or have to go back to square one surrounded by those who are younger than you. It is scary to learn new skills from scratch or go back to school, or walk away from a career you spent 10 years carving out.
Isn’t it a more terrifying prospect to be asking yourself “What if?” in another 10 years if you didn’t take the plunge and try a new direction?
Kiss enough frogs and you’ll find your prince!
I am Steve, the author and owner of Fire-ish, where I try to share my story and help people towards Financial Independence with small tips and tricks that add up. Follow me on Twitter at @fire_ish and on Pinterest. I am trying to grow my readership so if you enjoyed this post, please share it!