Monday, November 25, 2019
9 Myths That Can Sabotage Your Career in Your 20s -TheJobNetwork
9 Myths That Can Sabotage Your Career in Your 20s -TheJobNetwork YouÃ¢â¬â¢re in your 20s and hoping to set yourself up for a lifetime of success. Trouble is, the media portrays you as a useless wanderer, unable to move past adolescence, and not able to get it done as older generations have. But none of this is true. Here are 9 of the most common myths you hear about changing careers in your 20s, and how you can start working against them to get yourself on track. 1. Your twenties donÃ¢â¬â¢t matterStop thinking of your twenties as a practice ground for your real work life, which will begin at 30. The choices you make now can have an impact, positive and negative, on your professional future. DonÃ¢â¬â¢t delay starting your life and career by someone elseÃ¢â¬â¢s arbitrary calendar of when you can and cannot be serious about things. Start being the person you want to be when you grow up now and get a head start.2. You need to find your perfect career firstYou donÃ¢â¬â¢t actually have to hold out for your absolute dream job. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s okay- crucial even- to take jobs that are less than ideal but which have the benefit of being a good stepping stone for you. Can a job lead to a better opportunity down the road? Can it build a valuable skill relevant to your dream career? Can it give you necessary, if unorthodox, experience that will help you in your path? Consider taking some of these, rather than waiting indefinitely for the golden ring.3. You can do anything you want to doNope, not if you donÃ¢â¬â¢t have the right skills or experience. Make sure to be honest with yourself about your particular strengths and weaknesses before setting your goals. That way you wonÃ¢â¬â¢t spend the next few years of your life laboring over the impossible. You can do anything you want, provided itÃ¢â¬â¢s also something you are capable of doing.4. Work isnÃ¢â¬â¢t supposed to feel like workYeah, yeah, youÃ¢â¬â¢re supposed to do what you love and love what you do. But the fact remains that even oneÃ¢â¬â¢s dream job is still, at t he end of the day, a job. If you follow your passion and find work that is really meaningful to you, thatÃ¢â¬â¢s fantastic. Most people donÃ¢â¬â¢t get that in a lifetime. But that doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t mean it wonÃ¢â¬â¢t sometimes feel like work, because it is. The sooner you prepare yourself for this, the better off youÃ¢â¬â¢ll be.5. You can pursue your dream job laterWhile this is true, and going after what you really want is always an option, it never hurts to start making the moves and taking the risks now, when you donÃ¢â¬â¢t have mortgages or family to hinder you.6. If you donÃ¢â¬â¢t like your job, you should quitContrary to popular opinion, it is time to start being responsible with your decisions. Before you make any rash decisions because you just donÃ¢â¬â¢t like something, think first about whether you can financially handle such a leap. And second, examine why you donÃ¢â¬â¢t like your job. Figure out why you wanted that job originally, what you do like about it, what could change to make it better for you, and only after answering those questions should you think about where else you should look.7. Run from all bad bossesBad bosses can be toxic and make your work life unbearable. But they can also be an extremely valuable learning experience. If this is a really good position for you, consider sticking it out. Get what you can from your current job, and mine it for everything you can to use in your next job, with your next employer.8. Job hopping is badMore and more, the stigma around job hopping has disappeared. This is the time in your life when it is okay to try new things and new positions and new fields. Just remember to try to keep some coherent factors similar across the different jobs you take. And always keep in mind how you will answer the question, Ã¢â¬Å"How have you spent the last five years?Ã¢â¬ Keep a close hold on your narrative arc, and youÃ¢â¬â¢ll be fine.9. Twentysomethings are entitledYouÃ¢â¬â¢re not necessarily n arcissistic or entitled, youÃ¢â¬â¢re just inexperienced. As long as you keep moving forward, trying to develop yourself and your career, you can just ignore these voices- in your head or in the media- and go after the life and work you want.