Want a Job You Love?

(Keep Hustling)

Most Americans ages 25-34 have only been with their companies for about 2.8 years, according to a 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seventy-four percent of teen workers, age 16 to 19 years old, have been with their current employer for a year or less.

"Researchers believe that today's young people are likely to hold multiple jobs and several different careers throughout their lives," says Carlos Viera, district chair of secondary student services for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Student Services group.

"The stress of making career decisions can sometimes become overwhelming, however it helps to remember the old saying, 'The journey is the destination.'"

A DEGREE (BUT NO JOB)

Chasity Colomb, 27, of Grand Prairie, Texas, learned this lesson firsthand. Colomb went to college and graduated with a broadcasting degree from the University of Texas at Austin. But she couldn’t find a job.

Colomb had bills to pay so she took a position at a rental car company. It had nothing to do with her education, and she wasn't happy. Colomb now is pursuing an engineering degree at Dallas County Community College, working part time as a DJ. And although she is embarking on a different career path, she's still not sure she's making the right decisions.

Young woman holds camera and considers how to find a job she loves.

“I've often heard the saying, ‘Do what you love and the money will come,’” says Colomb. “But they don't teach a college course on finding your purpose."

BUILD ON PAST EXPERIENCE

If you can’t find a job in your field right away, look at your past experiences, including volunteer work and part-time jobs.

"Turning a part-time job that you have as a high school senior into a longer-term position can be a great bridge to long-term plans," says Viera.

Young professional considers looking for a job he loves

That's what worked for Touraine Jones, 31, who started working in retail at age 14 in her father's shop in Jamaica. Jones didn't go to college, and when she came to America in 2003, she worked several different jobs without finding her calling.

But she continued to be drawn to retail, so Jones tried for a job at a New Jersey Wal-Mart. The only available position was unloading trucks for $8.50 an hour. She took it, and before long she moved inside the store as an associate. Jones since has worked her way up to assistant manager. She says she loves her career and there's lots of room to grow. Someday she hopes to open her own shop.

GO BEYOND YOUR COMFORT ZONE

If there’s nothing in your past to build on, then try something new. Colomb says she has learned an important lesson since entering the workforce.

"Success is intentional. It doesn't matter how smart you are if you are not knowledgeable about all the opportunities that exist for you," she says. "There were many opportunities that I missed out on because I just didn't know they existed."

Colomb says it's important to step outside of your comfort zone and meet people who are different from yourself.

"I have usually experienced my biggest opportunities when I did things that I wouldn't normally do with people who were nothing like me," says Colomb. "But always stay true to yourself, because it's no fun working someone else's job."

So, while you may not have your dream job, or even know what your dream job is, keep hustling. Find jobs, try new things, use your time wisely, and you will find your passion.

As always, we’ve got your back. — The On Your Own Team End of article insignia



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