“The slower we move, the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living.”
From “Up in the Air” (2009)
First off, let’s be honest, we never really grow up — we’re Generation-Y.
And like most wide-eyed teenagers, they wanted to change the world with every blog, tweet, post, like and follow.
This class of 2020 is entering a job landscape unlike any other time period. Not just because media has been turned upside-down over the past decade, but because a seemingly crazy idea for a blog or publication or project can become your career.
What is so exciting for young journalists is the way we are now consuming media — even reading Elite Daily is a perfect example of this.
Your job when you graduate in 2020 will be completely unrecognizable to you today, so we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you move through these uncharted waters.
Don’t think about who you want to work for, but what you want to do.
If you plan a career around a specific company or job, you will never be happy. There is no way to predict just how happy you’ll be in a job until you’re in it. Focus on what you want to do, what you want to change or who you want to affect.
20. Get out of the building
Mom, dad, teachers, friends, family are all great, but they do not have all the answers. Get out of your school, neighborhood or city and find people who work in fields you are interested in.
19. Move. Often.
If you don’t move, you don’t experience the world around you. Try not to stay in the same place for more than a month — even if it is just a weekend trip.
And when you travel, experience where you are, don’t just do the top attraction, find locals, find adventures and don’t plan everything.
18. Pick up the phone
Want to get new job experience? Ask. Pick up the phone and call someone you want to be. Ask them for a cup of coffee. Seriously, right now. Do it.
17. Write your own scholarship check
College is expensive and debt is clearly an issue for college students. Start your business early and develop it. Make it your ticket to a paid education.
16. Find a mentor
Mom, dad, teachers and friends are great, but they can’t tell you how much to ask for in a job, or what assignments to focus on to develop your career.
Find someone who is doing what you love and seek their advice constantly. A mentor does not find you. You find a mentor.
15. “You’re too young” / “You don’t have enough experience”
Words that are said countless times to many aspiring professionals. Take them with a grain of salt and find a way in.
Keep asking for experiences, show your passion and find a way to connect with a company that does what you want to do.
14. Start writing
Tweet, blog, post, Tumble, do everything you can to properly get your name online. Writing is a fantastic way to clarify your goals and keep a chronicle of your experiences.
Tag so you can go back and search through your wins and losses. Make sure anything you publish is professional and relevant to your career path.
13. Fail, and fail hard
Celebrate your losses. You will learn more from a failure than any success. Admit your failures as soon as possible to lessen the fallout.
12. Teach yourself how to learn
This is a skill set that is lost in the common core, test-based education system that. If you can take a challenge and figure it out yourself (with the help of Mr. Google, of course) you will go places.
Nothing is more annoying as an employer than people asking questions that they could have answered themselves with a little work.
11. Recognize opportunities
Be observant — especially in your first job or internship. Could something about that process be done better? Quicker? More efficient?
Then politely make a note about it at the right opportunity. Don’t be a know-it-all Millennial; be a problem solver.