”You will not be enough if all you are looking for is to be enough”
This ‘confession of a 20-something‘ post is dedicated to our beautiful and honest article written by our fellow 20-something from Defining Yellow.
Read the full article : What You’re Looking For
Adulthood can be full of surprises and realisations when things don’t quite go to ‘plan’. Life will throw curveballs or surprises that might re-direct that path or squash it all together.
When everything seems too much and plans are thrown out the window, focus on your relationship with the people around you. Your peers and friends can become your network. The people who support your future endeavours and dreams in the future.
“When I was graduating at 21, I had all these plans of where I would be in life by the time I turned 30. I had career, life and travel plans. But my big plans didn’t take into account the curve balls life throws at you. Everything I didn’t know about #adulting, and all the unexpected challenges and disappointments that come as you pursue your dreams. With time you learn that the most important thing in life is how you treat people and the relationships you build. No, I am not talking about romantic relationships but relationships generally. Your friends can become your clients or the key word-of-mouth for your business or next job. Your clients want to know you care about them and genuinely want to deliver results that help them. Build relationships with people. Genuine connections and stay in contact. Finding ways to help these people solve the problem, helps you build a career. It’ll come with time, a strategy and a focus on helping others.”
(Jette Stubbs @thehappycareer) – view post here
In a world where we are so often competing against each other, we should work towards taking time to stop and celebrate other peoples achievements.
Opportunities can arise out of other peoples successes. It is so important to continually build supportive relationships because you never know what someone might be able to offer you in the future.
We recently received the following submission:
“Jobs aren’t your 9 – 5 anymore, and consistently job hopping has become nearly an obligation in STEM. With our futures no longer being clear cut, it makes it very hard to plan and prepare accordingly. Because of this ambiguity, it feels like I’m never fully prepared or good enough. There’s just so much pressure and competition now!” (20, Sydney)
This made us think about the nature of the current job market. Not only in STEM, but in every field. Bob Williamson – chief scientist and research director at CSIRO – states that our jobs of the future are changing so rapidly that “many will become obsolete or are yet to be created.” He states that Australians will have to adapt to constant technological changes to new skills that will be required.
So what can the millennials generation do to keep up and be ready for the technologically-driven jobs ahead of us?
Williamson states that first, studying anything technology-related will help, no matter the field you’re in – such as coding. The transferable skills you gain from such skills are not only highly valuable, but very highly regarded by employers (check out CodeAcademy to learn coding for free!) Second, skills such as creativity and teamwork are becoming increasingly important. A report by the Australian Council of Learned Academics states that in the last 3 years alone, there has been a 212% increase in jobs demanding digital literacy and a 65% rise in those wanting creativity. Even though the nature of the job market is changing like never before, honing transferable skills will help you prepare for any field you’re going into. So keep studying and working on what you’re passionate about, and pick up some new skills – like coding – on the way!
In light of Mental Health Awareness Month and the abundant articles we’ve written about the pressures and high expectations imposed on the millennials generation to have their life together make it clear that the issue exists, and is widespread. But what can we to about it to mitigate the stress associated with it? A 2010 study conducted at Harvard University in Massachusetts found that mindfulness increases happiness. But what is mindfulness? Reachout.com explains that ‘mindfulness’ “simply means paying attention to the present moment. Practising mindfulness can help you to cope with everyday life and deal with tough times.” Mindfulness is often associated with meditation. Whilst meditation is a valuable practice for eliminating stress, mindfulness can be achieved in a variety of ways – the most important part is to remain acutely aware of yourself and your feelings. Reachout advises to concentrate on what’s happening around you. Think about this right now as you’re reading:
- What sounds can you hear?
- What can you smell?
- Are you hot? cold?
- Are you hungry?
- How are you breathing? Think about each breath you take. In, and out.
That is what mindfulness feels like.
To learn more about (peacefully) fighting back your stress with ‘mindfulness,’ read more on Reachout!
“I think we often underestimate the importance of our wellbeing and happiness in what we do. Our generation has been brought up in an environment strife with competition, encouraging us that success means doing everything you can to get that well paying job. Wellbeing and happiness suddenly takes a step back. But how is that a life worth living?”