I spent nearly four years at my first job after college, but I decided to leave that company for another opportunity. During that transition, I’ve gained perspective on my career by learning what it’s like to:
- Leave a position you were successful in at a company you liked working for
- Get recruited to a new company based on your skills and experience
- Go from a large corporation to a small company
- Deal with the uncertainties that a job change brings
I won’t sit here and act like I know everything this early on. But right now, I believe I have the secret I need to have a rewarding career.
I’m a millennial and I’ve spoken with other millennials. We’re the ungrateful, entitled, inexperienced job-hopping machines – or so they say.
No matter your opinion on my generation, you have to give us credit for one thing… we’re not afraid to do what we think is best for our future. Some say leaving a job after 2 years is stupid; I’d say the same thing about working at the same company for 40 years.
We all want to have successful careers, but I believe a truly rewarding career is less about the how and more about the why.
My Secret to Having a Rewarding Career
I don’t care if you jump straight into your dream job, quit your dream job, or never find it at all. Ultimately, these might be outside of your control anyway. What isn’t out of your control is determining your purpose.
A rewarding career will find you when you commit to something worth fighting for.
As much as I hate when older generations generalize about millennials, they’re right about one thing: if we’re not winning at one game, we’ll move on and play another.
Can you blame us? We grew up in an age where practically everything we wanted was at our fingertips. But careers shouldn’t be treated like cell phone apps.
At some point, you need to stand your ground.
Committing to something worth fighting for doesn’t mean you have to stay at one company and it doesn’t mean you can’t change industries. It’s about choosing a goal other than money to work towards while accepting losses in the short-term to get the big wins later on.
For me, I needed to change jobs because I was plateauing. I want to build a deep expertise in the healthcare segment of property-casualty insurance, and while my first job was a great place to start, it was clear I wasn’t going to develop the way I wanted to there.
As funny as it sounds, a rewarding career isn’t about the zeros in your bank account. At least not for me. I feel rewarded when helping others and when I overcome obstacles.
What’s your secret to having a rewarding career?
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Author: Josh Ramos
After earning an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master of Arts in Management at Wake Forest University, Josh has paid off over $130k in student loan debt in 4 years. By founding Home at 30, Josh wants to help you make the most of college, build a successful career, and achieve financial independence.