The dream is simple. Find a job that’s both engaging and purposeful and pays well. The problem. It’s much easier to think about the perfect job then to find the perfect job. As such, it should come as no surprise that most millennials are unsatisfied with their day job. The World Economic Forum recently published an article that highlighted some possible reasons as to why millennials are dissatisfied with their job. What’s interesting about the article’s finding is the increasing role social media plays in how millennials feel about their job.
- Misrepresenting achievements on social networks
Social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Google Place, and other similar social sites are more or less now branding tools for most of its users. It’s rare to see someone posting something that’s of a negative nature. That’s a conscience design feature by the creators of the platforms. We’re less likely to visit a place that we expect to see negativity.
It’s hard for people to be completely honest about how they feel about their relationships, life, or career on social platforms. You will not see a post about someone who makes a lot of money but hates their job. You will not see a post about someone doing something they love but struggling and on the brink of bankruptcy. You will not see a post about someone who’s depressed or having suicidal thoughts. What you see instead is an unrealistic portray of how people proclaim to be living their lives. No one’s life is perfect but if you view social media you might start to think your life sucks or perhaps you’re the only one who’s working a job because it pays the bills and allows you to take care of your family.
As a result, constant checking in on social media can create a feeling of constant pressure and constant comparison with your peers. The problem is that those comparisons, for the most part, are based on unrealistic expectations.
- Media stories of hyper-successful millennials
I’m a competitive person and while I don’t play competitive basketball anymore, securing a career and advancing within a field of interest is about as competitive as any high-level sports competition. That feeling is further compounded when the media continues to feed stories about young successful millionaires and giving the impression as though millionaire millennials are a norm and not an exception.
Millionaire millennials are an exception, not a norm. Furthermore, it’s impossible for everyone to be exceptional. We are uncomfortable with the idea of being average not because it’s a bad thing but because we’ve convinced ourselves we have to be exceptional or nothing else. The key I’ve found to deal with this pressure is learning to be comfortable with who you are. It sounds like an obvious advice but when it comes to your career you have to be comfortable with the limitations of your skills and abilities. Most of us are of the believe our abilities and skills have no limitation if only we work harder. Therefore, we believe we can be exceptional in every aspect of your job or life, which is frankly ridiculous.
- The number of possible career path and constant striving to achieve potential
Millennials are tech savvy and have a lot of choices when it comes to career options today. We often think to have a lot of choices to be a good thing, but sometimes that can be a bad thing.
When it comes to career options today, there seem to be so many possibilities and that often means we become quickly feel dissatisfied with a job. I think it’s important to strive towards doing something you ultimately enjoy since we spend more time at work than with our family and love ones.
I’ve learned this the hard way, which is you have to provide time for your career to develop. Most millennials want their dream job right off the bat. The truth is you only know a good job when you’ve done enough bad jobs. Time is critical for career success as it enables you to go through the full work circle to determine if a job is right for you or not.
You should strive to be the best you can be given the skills and abilities you have. Avoid thinking millionaire millennials are a norm as they are exceptions. Be comfortable with who you are and avoid trying to be what people believe you should be.