Today, our pals are taking on jobs, specifically how to find one and what might make it meaningful.
Millie: Hey, friend, can I ask you something? Do you remember how you chose what you wanted to do next when you were done with school?
Boo: You mean back when there were only 6 channels?
Millie: Yeah, throw it back for me if you don’t mind.
Boo: Well, I’m assuming you’re not asking me how to work the interwebs!
Millie: Nope, I got that.
Boo: He he, ok! I went through a bit of checklist to start: what I was studying, what skills that field might give me claim to, what job experiences I already had, which employers seemed interested in hiring people from my school and major, and who I knew out in the real world that I could contact for advice. I had a mentor who said “Ask for a job, get advice. Ask for advice, get a job.”
Millie: Snappy! Those are great practical tips. Now, what about those things that aren’t so much bullet points? Like will a field be a fit for me culturally and will the work be meaningful? You know, millennial-speak.
Boo: Hey, I speak millennial more or less, don’t I?
Millie: Well, why else would I be bugging you about this?
Boo: This is my favorite topic lately. It’s on my mind too as I think about ways to get off my phone and out doing interesting things (how do you mute yourself when you’re on a conference call in an airport by the way?).
Millie: I’ll show you after, let’s go on, this is getting good. Preach!
Boo: I thought you’d never ask. OK, to love what you do, I’d say what you need most is connection. With co-workers, clients, customers—some people! In person is what you’d call “goals,” but even on the phone or via email is better than being inside your head all day. And also, not every job has to be the end-game dream job to be fulfilling. A sense of purpose and some enjoyment of what you’re doing can be enough, especially when you’re just starting out.
Millie: Anything else?
Boo: Yeah—may the Queen of Soul rest in peace, respect is huge. Attract it by exuding it—for yourself and others.
Millie: I just love our little chats.
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Baby Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.