With graduations occurring over the next couple of months, many students will be asked so what are you going to do now? Many expect to be making 60K+ because that is a lifestyle they have become used to. They have become used to their parents lifestyle, but they really don't remember how their parents started off, in most cases. What is worse, is that many students are entering a world of debt that they are not prepared for.
There has been much written in blogs, journals, and other publications about the debt that new High School and College Graduates will be saddled with, however, when working adults transition in their lives, are they truly ready and prepared? Debt is one aspect of transition. The more important aspect of transition, in my opinion, is how prepared is a person ready for the challenges of their next role? For some, it is a promotion. For others, it is a demotion. For others, it is a total career change. What people forget is how their experiences in a prior role can translate into a new adventure.
Here is an example. Working in a contact center is not a lifelong dream of most young people. Most contact centers, however, are staffed with individuals that bring a unique "flavor" to their employer. They may have sold insurance; be technically savvy; have a legal background; sales background, etc. They may have coursework that range from very little to PhD's, those that have college degrees, and others that have GED's. The main point is that they prepared themselves as a professional in some way that makes them valuable to their employer.
As a person embarks on their next challenge, they need to ask themselves some very simple questions, regardless of the industry they are in.
- Why am I embarking on this challenge
- What do I hope to gain from this experience
- Who will mentor me
- When will I know if I am successful
- Where do I see myself in 6 months, a year, five years
- How is this experience going to allow me to improve or increase the tools in my toolbox
Education and experience can come from many different places. Be open to coaching, mentoring, constant development whenever it is offered to you. This will allow you to become more well rounded as your career evolves. Understand where you are at currently, know where you want to be, but most importantly know that your path is going to have a myriad of directional changes which will prepare you for the next fork in the road.
Have a good week!