Yes I’m young but I have a ton of work and real life experience. My b-school education and over 6 years of experience in human resources and operations makes me a bit of an asset. I have cultivated quite an impressive network of professionals both online and in real life. Unfortunately, in my personal career I did not leveraging my experience, network, and education to it’s fullest capacity.
Call it being young or naive but I just expected the words on my resume to open doors for me and soar my career straight to the executive spot no questions asked. Well it didn’t quite go down that way. I am a few years wiser and have become a go to girl for strangers and friends alike seeking career advice. I have experienced just about every career obstacle from unemployed, underemployed, to unsatisfied.
Most of us today are passive in our pursuit of employment, promotion, and overall happiness. We submit our application, mention to our boss our interest in a promotion, and make empty claims that one day we will be happy. But we fail to take action and responsibility.
The truth of the matter is if you are a minority your chances at employment are low in comparison to whites. If you’re a minority women your chances at employment are even lower. I’m not saying this to scare you, but I am simply stating facts. The statistics are against you if you are a minority. So you don’t have the luxury of being passive in your pursuit to provide for you and your family. I did some research and the statistics are stifling.
Did you know?
According to the United States Department of Labor although women are 57% of the labor force there is still a wage gap.
Which group represents your current employment status?
Your employed but your either over qualified or under paid. More than likely it took you a while to find your current job and want to be happy. But at the same time you feel stuck in between a rock and a hard place.
Employed but Unhappy
Your employed making decent money but your still unhappy with your career. Quite honestly you have no clue what to do next.
Your currently looking for a job and it feels like a never ending process. Your submitting application after application, going on the occasional interview, but no hit yet.
Is a fulfilling career in your future?
When you consider the traditional career path of high school, college, to career, you come to the realization that our capitalistic society is not setup for career fulfillment. We are told to blindly decide on a major in college with no idea what the job landscape consist of for that field. We tell students to seek internships to get a glimpse into what it is like to be in the workforce. But typically those opportunities are only available after completing a large portion of the mandatory course load. We need to encourage and provide opportunities for our youth to truly explore career options the sooner the better.
For those of you like me, you’ve completed your education and your unhappy doing what you thought you would love. The barrier to my career fulfillment was close mindedness. While I certainly don’t recommend job hopping, as it won’t get you very far in the workforce. I do wholeheartedly believe if your willing to open your mind, then fulfillment is right around the corner.
Career fulfillment comes in various forms
- Employer change you enjoy what you do but your current employer is not a good fit for you.
- Industry change you enjoy utilizing your knowledge, skills, and abilities (also known as KSA) but you need a change in scenery. The industry is too demanding or demand in going down.
- Life change you are unhappy and need to reassess what you truly enjoy. This may mean you have to create your own job or pursue an opportunity outside the scope of your KSA.
Moral of the Story
Why is all this so important?
The reality is we spend more time at work with coworkers and patrons than we spend with our own family. For many of us our work is an extension of our personal life, it all runs together. Especially if you don’t have a true work life balance in place.
Let’s do the Math
- 24 hours in day
- Subtract 9 hours at work and lunch
- Subtract 7 hours to sleep
- Subtract 2 hours which represent the average we spend preparing for work (i.e. getting dressed, driving, etc.)
- 6 hours