The economy is clearly on the mend. Millenials who've spent years working in coffee shops and living in their parents' basements are finally forging our on their own and staking their claim on their American Dream, however delayed.
If you've experienced a stall in your career trajectory due to forces beyond your control, here are a few ninja strategies to get you back on track:
- Don't be afraid to job-hop. If you lost a decent-paying gig and had to take a lower paying job, that is life. But when things start to improve, look out for yourself. A higher paying job is out there now. Test the waters. It used to be that job-hopping was a sign of instability, but when everything around you is unstable, you have to shake things up a bit.
- Consider a career detour. I know a few young men who've hung up their college degree for a year and gone off to work in the oil fields in North Dakota - some of them are making 100k a year. There's nothing wrong with that, and it may help you appreciate your hard-working pioneer ancestors a bit more. You can pick up where you left off at a later date.
- Find a mentor and LISTEN to what they tell you to do. I can't tell you the number of times I've run into young folks who ask for my advice but don't really want to do any of the work to get there.
- Don't confuse luck with opportunity. Blind luck is winning the lottery. Getting a better opportunity means purposely putting yourself in a position to be noticed, to be promoted, or be better.
- Put on your big boy/big girl pants and stop acting like a spoiled brat. Put down the video game and go volunteer somewhere. You'll always feel better about your position in life when helping others.
- Quit having your parents do everything for you. I am starting to receive resumes from parents of young professionals instead of young professionals. NOT COOL.
I sincerely do feel bad that the economy crashed your party. But now - it's up to you to make stuff happen. So go do it.