Our youngest child graduated from high school this past week and will be entering the work force directly rather than going to college. He hasn’t ruled college out altogether, rather just wants to postpone it for a few years. I can understand; at his age, college wasn’t for me either.
I do have some career advice for him and all of the other grads out there whether they are exiting high school or college. So please, Take these words to heart as you set out into the working world.
1. Find a job that you love, you have a long time until retirement. Life is too short to spend in a job where you find little enjoyment let alone, satisfaction. Steve Jobs said it best, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
2. Working for the same company until retirement is a rarity in today’s job market. I can almost guarantee that the job you have today will not be the job you have when you retire—I’m a great example! There are a wide variety of stats out there, but an average American can expect to change careers at least ten times in their working lifetime. My advice here is to always be ready for the change and have a game plan that will lead you to the next opportunity.
3. Don’t be a “Lone Ranger”. Let your family and friends be your first line of support. We got you through school, now let us continue to be there as you enter the job force. When something you come up against is beyond our scope of knowledge and you need career help, by all means, it’s OK to seek out professional assistance.
Just to get you started, here’s a link to get you started on Feeling Purpose and Meaning in Your Work and Career
So congratulations Brendon and to the class of 2013! May all of your dreams and aspirations come true!