Q&A: What are Millennials Doing Wrong in Their Careers?
The Millennial generation is seriously stressed out, and it’s hurting their career prospects.
A report published by Forbes argues that two major sources of stress are the difficult job market and career ambition. 86% of Millennials have experienced a “quarter-life crisis” and worry that they aren’t where they should be in life, especially when it comes to their careers.
With the rising anxiety and fear of doing the “wrong thing,” Millennials seem unwilling to take the risks that lead to greater payoffs.
And who can blame them? Growing up in the middle of the Great Recession and saddled with massive student loan debt, Millennials fear what could happen if a risk doesn’t pay off.
The problem is that chronic risk aversion is a massive barrier to success and happiness. As they say, “Fortune favors the bold.”
So, the career advice I’d give to young Millennials and Gen Z is to learn that risk is not a bad thing. Taking risks is how you find out what works for you and where your passions lie.
So, don’t be afraid to try things! Take online courses to learn a new skill, propose an innovative idea to your boss or colleagues, send your resume to that company that you think will reject you.
You never know the outcome until you try. You could be surprised by the results.