Most who fall into the Millennial/Gen Y demographic grew up hearing their helicopter parents tell them over and over that they are special, that they could be anything they wanted to be. And they tried to help them by praising everything they did whether the Millennial deserved it or not.
As special as your young adults are, life in the real world is a little more complicated than their parents made it out to be. It's not much of a surprise that 38% of Gen Y's who are currently working are actively looking for a different role and 43% are "open to offers." Only 18% expect to stay with their current employer for the long term. This is both a generational trend as well as a global economic one.
When it comes to thinking about a satisfying career, there are three critical factors, where you need all three to have a fulfilling career: Passion, Strengths and Market. Of course, finding a career that satisfies all three conditions isn't easy.
If you're not able to articulate your passion(s), don't worry. Try one or more of popular career online self-assessments to get to know yourself better. Also buy some self-assessment books like, Strengths Finder 2.0 and StandOut, to get to understand your top signature talents.
By completing one or more confidential self assessments in the area of personal concern, you may discover a number of things about yourself. Knowing how you impact others can establish solid beginnings for developing productive relationships. Assessments can provide information to you on "Who am I?", "How others see me?" and "How do I relate to others?"
For a new generation of workers, the idea of seeking out a single career confidant is as old-fashioned as a three-martini lunch. One approach is “peer mentoring,” a gathering of like-minded individuals who can offer guidance for one another, much like Facebook (FB) Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean in circles.” Younger workers are in pursuit of a sponsor, the preferred academic term for a mentor who goes beyond advising to actively promoting an underling. Several studies have found that sponsorship can be effective for securing better compensation, faster promotions, and job satisfaction.
Now there is an ever-changing age of economic uncertainty and constant adaptation. Promote Yourself offers a practical guide that breaks down the hard, soft and online skills that Gen Y workers need to build a strong network, create their own jobs and get ahead in their careers.