The X Factor For Generation Y’s Job Search

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As a college student or recent college graduate, a lot of flak is sent our way from parents, grandparents, older siblings or other family members about getting a good paying job. The old mentality about having a job seems set in stone for these authority figures and often a different viewpoint about employment doesn’t exactly make as much sense for them as it does to many young people. What viewpoint am I talking about? Actually wanting to have the job you occupy rather than just collecting a paycheck.

Who hasn’t heard that their generation is nothing but a bunch of slackers, lazy loaf arounds and good for nothings? At least once, usually from people older than you. Thanks for the encouragement guys. However, perceptions about having a job have changed in the past several decades. College kids and recent grads don’t want to have walked away from college with a degree simply to sit behind a desk for the next forty years, counting the decades until retirement.

Look at your parents or grandparents. It was common for people in their generation to hold the same position, at the same company, for decades straight. At the time, having a job, any job, was more important than being
happy with the job. You were guaranteed a paycheck so sit down, pipe down and just make it through the workweek. Does that even sound appealing to you?

Most likely the answer is going to be no. What changed?

Well, all those social advances your parent’s generation participated in have finally paid off. Job satisfaction is becoming more important than what you take home every week because all the rhetoric about making a better world and follow one’s dreams has sunk into this current generation. Our parents’ have sown the wind and now we reap the whirlwind.

What does this mean for recent college graduates out on the job hunt? It means that there is a greater emphasis on finding a job that emotionally and mentally satisfies rather than just padding out a bank account.

There is far greater diversity in the job market now because alternate styles of living are open to people now that were far more marginal twenty or thirty years ago.

This means that you need not bow to experience all the time.  While the input of parents and family members about career decisions is still important, remember, you’re the one who has to be doing the job. If you want
that job as a bikini inspector, archeologist or sky diving instructor, go for it. Shooting for your dream job isn’t a silly fantasy. More and more people are taking cuts in their income just to be happy doing what they are doing.

You’re not alone if you opt for this career decision. Put your degree to use and aim for what you want to do in life.
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