Between career and passion, why do so many millennials change course in their twenties and thirties?
By Aishwarya Rao
The pursuit of happiness – how has the pursuit of happiness changed the professional profiles of the younger generation? We have to ask ourselves, have millennials become human beings who choose passion over career for the happiness it promises? Or are they perhaps the most intelligent of the last generations, who have found a way to create careers from their interests and passions. Today’s millennials are individuals who have grown up with permission to explore and invest in what they love.
They are more aware of what they want to pursue and how they plan to achieve career success in a field that interests them. Be it fashion, art, music, film, etc., fundamentally uncommon career choices that always manage to yield good results.
There has been a change in the way the younger generation perceives professions, it is no longer that there are only a few professions with attractive salary scales or offering opportunities for growth or carrying social value in terms of respectability. Today’s world has constructed a new definition of what an acceptable career or profession is and society has wholeheartedly embraced this view.
The birth of the digital domain has also provided a plethora of opportunities, and not just for data processors or computer engineers. It has also led those with creative minds and innovative attributes to maximize their potential. The world has evolved over the past decade, people’s perception of what creates value and what has value has changed dramatically. This weighting on job satisfaction involving emotional/mental peace affects the longevity of employees in their profession. The changing trajectory of professions is now more visible also due to the evolution of higher education in qualified individuals for these newly developed professions.
A few years ago, there were no specialized courses that adequately qualified people to perform these newly created jobs. But with the developments made in the education sector and the rise of online education, a plethora of new career options are waiting for people to explore. The benefit of these broad professional opportunities is that they support all types of intelligence, creative minds as well as academically curious individuals.
While all of this may suit the millennial thought process and align with their “always hungry – never settle down” attitude, it also fostered easy distraction, loss of focus, and uncertainty. The brave new world of researchers, not settlers, has in turn transformed professions and working lives to some extent. Today, the adventure of a career does not guarantee certainty in continuity or permanence. Job titles, job descriptions and requirements are also constantly evolving, room for growth – vertical, horizontal or parallel careers are ubiquitous, ensuring fluidity between trades. For people between 20 and 30, job change is “in”, and there is more life to live in variety.
It’s a win-win situation for the most part, because people who change jobs are more likely to earn a higher salary, grow their careers faster, and better adapt to the work culture by exploring more frequently different jobs.
The stigma against the rolling stone that does not settle is fast dying. Today’s employers are aware, they are happy to hire young people they know may not stay with their company long, today’s short-term workers do not dissipate productivity or the success of the project.
The money factor
The most common misconception is that millennials court money entirely and therefore change jobs for just a paycheck. It is often believed that they do not have the forgotten piece of the pie as their elders did. However, this is not true for everyone.
Many employees are willing to take pay cuts for the right job, especially if there is an inconsistent work culture and work-life balance in their previous jobs. Other factors for changing jobs quickly include overwork at work, lack of support from a team or managers, a biting office culture, and a disrespectful work environment. Environmental and social awareness also attracts millennials today, when a company’s mission aligns its values with theirs, young people are ready to commit to employment longer.
Aren’t millennials narrow-minded, you could say? Wouldn’t they just put up with a few negatives to maintain some continuity in nuance?
Most people choose to move to other companies because they hope to find a better fit for their career trajectory. When the opportunity arises, you have to seize it, so to speak. In such cases, small businesses are more likely to retain their employees provided that their work culture and benefits are positive. It all comes down to the fact that young people today have a say in the direction of their careers. They are the writers of their career stories and direct their future.
The lure of moving:
Unlike previous generations, Millennials plan to settle down and start a family much later in life. This makes resettlement a highly desirable and feasible option for them. They often view relocation as a positive career change and look forward to it not only from a work perspective, but also to explore new cities and cultures.
Today’s graduates also have more early-career flexibility. So employers who hire millennials are more likely to offer relocation packages for a move to a new city, and millennials are eager to explore new places in an affordable transition.
Removing the stigma of changing jobs
Previously, candidates were always informed that recruiters negatively evaluated CVs that showed stays of less than 2 years in a particular organization. Several jobs in this short period of time would be a red flag and signify a lack of maturity. However, this is slowly changing.
Millennials are now the largest group of professionals out there, and as their careers advance, Gen Y hiring managers will make a significant shift on negative perceptions of job change and focus on securing candidates who align vision, ethics and culture with the organization.
Today there is a reflection of personal ideals and professional ideology, the understanding that just as you step out of relationships and different phases of life, there are instances where you step out of a role or role. a work culture.
Passion has been redefined and today it is almost expected in work environments. Vigor, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn have replaced loyalty in many ways. So in conclusion Millennials are not confused, they are curious, they are not torn but flexible, they are not choosing between one and the other but rather testing one and the other and they are clearly able to identify their passion and their job. Although their passion may be long-standing, sometimes the profession is not.
This clarity and recognition of both allows for conscious curiosity and a willingness to adventure in work as well as in life.
The author is director of the Vivekalaya Group of Institutions.
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