We all have our hobbies. For some that includes playing instruments, for others it’s baking, knitting, golfing, etc… My hobby? I’m interested in the study of Psychology. I like reading something and catching a little sidebar that begs for further research and allows me to connect the dots or add another layer to a theory.
Most of my research into psychology has been focused on Gen Y, after all I began this blog after an exploration into what is coined a “quarter-life crisis.” My hobby became a passion and I decided to when write this book, focusing on Generation Y’ers and our search for happiness.
Search indeed. Over the past few months media outlets have been consistently reporting the same thing; Gen Y’ers are stressed because they can’t find work.
This isn’t a shocking revelation. It’s been this way for some time. Many Gen Y’ers can’t find a decent, well-paying job after graduating College let alone something meaningful which they crave. The change-the-world trademark characteristic of Gen Y is unlikely to flourish when the main focus is to simply find a job. Find any job. Recently Macleans magazine reported a staggering 1.2 million individuals in Canada under thirty are working part-time jobs while hoping to land a full-time one. At this rate, that ideal job we daydream about; the one that gives us meaning – it is simply not in the cards.
The question remains; how can resilient Gen Y’ers find a job in this current market? I have some ideas.
A new way of thinking? Check.
Questioning beliefs? Check.
Soul Searching? Check.
Below are my soul-searching tips to help Gen Y’ers navigate these rocky unemployment waters…
1. Drop the degree
If you’ve spent years pouring yourself into textbooks, and hours upon hours studying for exams, you’re undoubtedly proud of your accomplishments. You EARNED your degree. You have the letters after your name that you dreamed of.
Here is where things get tricky and what you need to know: you are not your degree.
When we receive recognition, even after we’ve truly earned it, it is easy for our egos to invoke and take over our rational minds. We subconsciously identify with our accomplishments.
Doing this doesn’t serve you in your quest for both happiness or a job. You need to break the barriers of that box you’ve put yourself in and think of your degree as only one aspect of your accomplishments and qualifications.
2. Become a dreamer
Not everyone is a dreamer. Not everyone has massive goals that they want to accomplish. And that’s okay – but in today’s job market, you have to think beyond your qualifications. There is simply too much competition.
Start thinking about your passions. There are some amazing resources out there to help spark this side of your brain. Stop thinking of passions as hobbies, and start considering them as possible career choices. After all, we can expect to have over 10 career changes during our working years.
3. Diversify Yourself
After you’ve dreamed, do. Become a jack of all trades. Even if you have a full-time job, always consider night courses, distance courses, online courses.
This diversification can allow for may things to happen; you could discover a passion and start up your own business, or you can better prepare yourself for your next career leap.
The old saying, “education is power” has many meanings here, and while it may not feel like power as you struggle to find a job, you will be doing yourself a favor by continuing to learn.
4. Be You
During the chaos of our twenties, we often lose ourselves and eventually come around again as we get older. The trick is to by-pass losing ourselves and instead, allow ourselves to be comfortable in our own skin.
There is both peace, and comfort in knowing that you are being authentic in your choices, and actions every day. When we are struggling to find a job and become desperate, we can lose that truth.
The way to accomplish this during these turbulent times is to look inward. There is no better time than now to begin a meditation routine, take quiet walks, or spend time in Mother Nature. This grounding will help you to authentically derived decisions.
It was no easy task today to select JUST ONE quote from Kahlil Gibran‘s Masterpiece, The Prophet. It is one of my all-time favorites, and I think I could select Wisdom Wednesday quotes for a year based on The Prophet alone.
Today, “When love beckons to you, follow him,” stood out to me.
It’s not just about romantic love anymore, it is about a more universal love.
While once a seemingly straightforward sentiment, this quote now speaks volumes about the many layers of love.
How will you spread the love tomorrow?
Last week I veered off the beaten Facebook path and created a new Google+ Community; ‘A Space for Gen Y.‘ (I love Google+ and am hoping to phase out Facebook completely some day.)
I created this group to provide a space where we can discuss subjects that I focus on here on this blog – spirituality, humanitarianism, and personal growth – along with other topics that concern the well-being of Gen Y’ers.
Why create a new community? Simply because I want to help make our well-being a priority, and we need a space where we can openly discuss, collaborate and learn together.
‘A Space for Gen Y’ is for members of Generation Y (b. 1981-2000) as well as members of other generations. I welcome the different perspectives and believe the variety will allow everyone to gain a better understanding of one another.
I have plans to host Google+ Hangouts, share relevant links, articles and videos, and welcome your feedback, ideas, and suggestions.
Please join this community here.
Last year I interviewed five women for the “Women Who Inspire” series; this included Christy Turlington Burns, Gabrielle Bernstein, Tara Sophia Mohr, along with others — and it was a hit. I had an amazing time putting it together and it was clear that you all loved it as well. We felt inspired and many of you discovered new mentors.
Recently, I contemplated firing up the series again, but decided to take it a step further. Today I am excited to share details about a new regular feature, the Monthly Mentor Series, a spin-off of the Women Who Inspire series.
The Monthly Mentor Series will feature Q&A’s with both men and women from a variety of different backgrounds. I will feature authors, business coaches, psychologists, spiritual gurus, and more. There are so many individuals out there that have amazing and world-changing work they are doing, and I want to help them spread that message and make it easier for you to receive it.
I’ll be kicking off the series in February with Tara Sophia Mohr.
Stay tuned for am amazing Q&A on Monday, February 4th!