The Millennial Choice Series: Career and Entrepreneurship Advice for The Best Generation

We Millennials are old now--well, I am--and as I come to accept that I will shortly be in my 30s (gah!) I feel that I have a bit of knowledge to share with the twenty-somethings out there peddling their crafts, resumes, and, all-in-all, just trying to pay rent and not survive off of ramen.

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I grew up under the impression that what I wanted to be when I grew up was strongly attached to the marketable skills that I possessed, the passions that I pursued, and the education that I garnered along the way. For some, this is the case, but the more I speak with my peers, old friends, and co-workers, the more I see that the position or occupation that you end up in is kind of a mixed bag for some of the less-than-mainstream industries.

In my years of oddball jobs, sidesteps, and creative endeavors, I have found that the career that you find yourself in as a Millennial, all comes down to one tidy Multiple Choice question, whether you pass or fail is wholly in the extra credit.

"Alright, blogger, then what are my options?" I am so glad that you asked...check out the first of the options below and come back for the rest in this 5 part series!

Option A
Get Paid More than Your Skills are Worth in an Unrelated Field

Right out of college, I jumped right into the workforce after burning through all of my Graduation Money. For whatever reason, karaoke and glow parties just seemed more important than say, investing in real estate or opening a Roth IRA. No big deal, surely I would find a job with a BA in Fashion Design or something I could at least live with for a few months as I applied to every clothing retailer and brand in the country and everything will end up as I had imagined--albeit just a few months later than anticipated. Nah.

My first job out of college was as a door-to-door sales representative for a national Cable/Internet/Phone bundle brand. After that two-week mistake, I jumped right into Call Center Vacation Sales. I stayed with this company for almost two years and made a lot of money. More money than a 22 year old with basic telemarketing skills and customer service should have made.
Which brings me to the moral of this story: I could have chosen to stick around and move up their ceaseless corporate ladder, but it was just so far out of my interests that the day-to-day and call-to-call was brutal to live through. Big Picture: Free Vacations, Full Benefits, 401(k)--it was great, but that daily grind of shouting customers, entitled vacationers upset that the 5-Star that they wanted was unavailable when 1000s of other 5-Star options were available, and the quarterly schedule change shake-up was just too much.

Though I know this was not the right fit for me, I still look back and think "what if" because MAN those perks were incredible.

Anywho, that's your first option to choose from...I like to stay optimistic in spite of it all.
Check back for the rest of the series to learn from my bright ideas!

Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
— Joseph Campbell
The Whole Series is Now Up - CLICK Below to Continue the series!

Week 2 - Option B

Week 3 - Option C

Week 4 - Option D

Week 5 - Option E

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