A vast majority of millennials believe that getting a job and working for a salary throughout their active years after graduation from college is the next big step in their life.
This doesn’t sound too bad when you consider the traditional pathway that the schools are trying to instill in these young minds — get a degree, so that you can get a job.
Well, if you are one of them who believes that this is still the way it is, then I have some bad news for you. Gone are the days when one can easily find a job after graduation, and gone are the days when one chooses to remain in the job for decades until retirement.
These days, when you do not have the relevant skills that is necessary to succeed in the marketplace, you have failed to make yourself useful to any company that hired you. You have failed in branding yourself as a professional. In time, and inevitably, you will get laid off.
In short, it is neither easy to find a job, nor is it easy to keep it. If you are currently and happily employed. Be warned!
Here are 3 things your boss will never tell you in the face:
1. Your Job is Insecure
“Your job is insecure, and you will be fired if you fail to upgrade yourself!”
More graduates find it hard to get a job, but once they do, they forget that they are still vulnerable to the changes of the economic climate of today’s age, as well as the intense competition of manpower resources. When a company sees someone ready to render the same services as you do, at a lower rate, it will naturally go for the cost-saving option. Soon enough, you will hear the words, “You’re fired,” in your face, and the world you live in will come crushing down.
What you should be doing:
Good grades are no longer the passport to a better pay. Get your skills right, choose the right mentor, and develop your abilities (both soft skills and hard skills). Brand yourself like crazy.
2. We Don’t Want You to Succeed
“We don’t want you to succeed, because you might leave us for another competitor.”
Many bosses (not all) would want to keep their staff working for them by giving the staff training in specific areas related to the scope of their work. As a result, their staff grew in their expertise and knowledge that are devoted to the particular field that they are working in.
As for sponsoring an individual for further studies, this depends largely on how competent or important the staff really is to the company. Usually, these sponsorships are reserved for the cream of the crop within the organisation. Otherwise, there is slim chance of getting paid for furthering your studies.
In some companies, an employee is required to submit a form to the employer declaring his interest in enrolling himself to a course (for instance, graduate school). As long as your interest in the course of study is different from your job scope, your application would go straight to the bin.
What you should be doing:
Companies fail. Organisations crumble. Nothing lasts forever. While the company you are working with may be dominating the market right now generating profits, the future is never guaranteed. Bankruptcy and recessions can happen any time which forces the company to reduce their manpower to save cost. If and when this occurs, it would be too late to pick up new skills or trade if your current expertise is the only skill you know at the time of your, say… retrenchment?
Regardless of any obstacle you may face, it would certainly be very useful to start learning new skills. Get in touch with the new market trends and start mixing around with like-minded people who are looking out for opportunities to excel in life.
Stop your blind loyalty because companies are not interested in you. They are only interested in the profit that you bring in for them.
3. You Are Never Good Enough
“Yes, you are never good enough, and that’s why you have to listen to our instructions.”
Have you ever worked your whole life and then realised that after all the hard work you put in goes to waste when you are suddenly, and unexpectedly, sacked?
Do you know that, unless you are the cream of the crop within the company, your employer actually thinks little of you?
Ultimately, their job is to drive profits and drive you nuts in order for you to bring in the profits for them.
Many employees till this day are undervalued and underappreciated because their employer is aware that working for their company is their only source of income, and that these employees have no other financial alternatives!
What you should be doing:
Stop depending on a full-time job as your only source of income. The idea that you are only trading your time for money and get paid only when you work is enough to make you realise that this is not only very stressful, but also, very wrong!
Warren Buffett said, “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”
One reason that millennials (and other people) are still doing this is because they are ignorant of the reasons to create a way to earn money on the side. Another reason could be that they do not know what to do and how to do it (earn extra income on the side) and are unwilling or lazy to put in the hard work to find out for themselves.
In the end, they gave up the idea and continue working in the same organisation until they retire or get retrenched.
I’m sure you can be much better than them!
There is no better time to succeed than now.
Truly successful individuals are the ones who disregard the path of the vast majority and carve out their own route in their life and career.