Microbiology lab assistant
Day camp counselor
Earth Science lab set up
I have been all of those things. Sometimes several of them at once. More often than not in today’s economy young people such as myself have diversified themselves into several different jobs just to make ends meet. This is so amazing to me! We, none of us, have to choose just one path. We can and should feel free to diversify.
I know a physicist who has a BS and a Master’s in physics but what makes her stand out is not the fact that she is a woman in what is still primarily a man’s world, but that she put all of her skills on her resume, not just those necessary for the job she was applying for. She is a smart and talented physicist who also happens to work weekends as a balloon twister and birthday clown. She did not want to be just one thing and so she embraced her other talents and instead of making her less appealing to a hiring board it made her unique. I realize that not everyone’s gifts are quite so polar opposite of one another, but we should embrace them anyway.
The generations of adults before us had a completely different outlook on careers. My father was a mason. He was just one thing. He did that his whole life and then he retired.His father before him was a carpenter and it was a part of his identity. Our parents and grandparents were teachers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, secretaries, and a whole myriad of other things, but they trained for that position and then stayed in it their whole lives. Career stability was totally different. People were able to make ends meet and even flourish that way and I’m afraid that is less and less of the case today.
There are so many people looking for the same types of jobs these days. They all went to college. They all have a degree and student loans to go with it. They all are fairly skilled in their field so why aren’t they getting the job? I think that it basically boils down to their aren’t enough jobs a lot of times in fields other than Science and Mathematics and so the hiring pool is huge. How do you make yourself stand out? Gain new skills! And put them on your resume.
We are living in a unique time in which we have the opportunity and the means to be and do anything we want. The only limits upon us are the ones we place there. Is there some skill you have always wanted to learn? Go! Learn it! You never know when it will come in handy. Don’t pass up a job opportunity because it isn’t what you originally saw yourself doing. We rarely know what we want to do until we are already doing it? The amazing thing about being young and living in this generation is that if we take a job that is totally not right for us chances are we can find another one. Don’t look at new opportunities as a waste of time but rather a learning adventure! Are you doing what you love right now? If you aren’t then find a way to make it happen!
Have you had a job that you didn’t expect to like turn out to be just what you needed?