With one tragic story in the news after another, it's really difficult to live happily. If our own lives don't seem to have meaning, it makes it even more difficult. One of the raps against millennials is that we are looking for jobs that mean something. We're not as interested in the salary, but how what we do affects others. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT? Yeah, I am shouting. We don't want to work in meaningless jobs. I think the world needs more people who want to work for the good of others rather than the almighty dollar. If you're working in a meaningless job, you're probably a little less than satisfied with your life right now. You can do something about it. Here's how.
What is Meaning?
The answer to that question is up to you. Lots of us work in retail or hospitality jobs that seem to leave little room in our search for meaning. That may not actually be the case, however. In fact, many who work in retail or hospitality feel good about working for a company if giving back is part of its business model. For example, Los Angeles-based company Yoobi, a school supplies company, donates classroom supplies to area schools in need. Every purchase is also a donation. Who wouldn't feel great about working for Yoobi?
Yeah, you posted it. You want to take it back now, right? You deleted it, but too late, of course. Your post already has comments, shares and probably been laughed at. You'll never live this down. I know. I've been there. Once it's out there, no matter how hard you try, you can't get take it back. What have I learned after making mistakes like this? Plenty.
Think, Think, Think Before You Post
Remember that selfie you took at the party the other night? Is it something you want your mom to see? If you're looking for a job, do you want potential employers to see that not-so-flattering party animal pic? Privacy settings cannot ensure the picture is only seen by a select few.
Are you one of the missing entrepreneurs, that is? In an American Express Open forum article from 2014, James O'Brien said that our generation was poised to be the most entrepreneurial ever - more entrepreneurial than our baby boomer parents. In July 2016, though, the Atlantic called the millennial entrepreneur a myth. The article pointed out that a week before, John W. Lettieri, co-founder and senior director for the Policy and Strategy Economic Innovation Group, testified before the U.S. Senate that millennials were on track to be the LEAST entrepreneurial generation in recent history. So, what happened?
At Least We're Entrepreneur Minded
Remember those career goals surveys we took when we first started college? A big 40 to 50 percent of us said we wanted to own our own businesses. You were likely one of them. I was. "Entrepreneurial" was the way we were described. Why hasn't that attitude translated into an explosion in millennial entrepreneurs?
The rent really is too damn high, at least in pricey coastal cities like San Francisco and New York City.
Problem is, pricey coastal cities have more than their fair share of jobs and opportunity. In early 2015, The New York Times’ exhaustive geographies of opportunity study found that it’s better to grow up, and stick around, in major metropolitan areas with generous social services, growing employment bases and great schools.
Big Coastal Cities Are Terrible for Working Folks, But...
Look closer, though, and big cities — particularly the expensive coastal variety — offer a seriously raw deal for average wage-earners. Actually, expensive cities offer a raw deal for just about everyone but the proverbial 1%. CityLab crunched the numbers and found that, despite lower-than-average transportation costs, San Francisco is exceedingly tough for people who don’t work at Google or make partner by age 30.
And yet, and yet: San Francisco draws young transplants like nobody’s business. So does New York City. So does Boston. So does Vancouver. So does D.C. It’s no secret why. Beyond jobs, opportunity and social services, pricey coastal cities are pricey in part because they’re fun. They’ve got energy. There’s always something new for stimulation-starved millennials to fix their Vine-shortened attention spans on.