Funemployment and unicorns
I don’t know how I got here. First of all, I am in my fifth year out of university. Where did that time go?! Seriously. Whoever stole it was verrrrry sly about the whole thing. Secondly, I have shifted careers not once but four times. Four! And guess what the fourth is? Unemployment.
Ok, not really. I realise that unemployment isn’t a career. It is just the phase I temporarily find myself in.
In fact, I have found myself here before. The difference is that last time, I had spent months lining up options - despite telling myself that living in the ‘now’ of choice and freedom was the best thing for me. Turns out I don’t take kindly to choice and freedom, because I was un-unemployed just one week later.
This time though, I am extracting myself from New Zealand so I have no say about it. The next four months are going to be filled with nothing but choice and freedom. Oh, and adventure. A month of hiking in the South Island shall be swiftly followed by a string of escapades in Indonesia and Central America. This time, I will actually live in my ‘now’.
How fun, right?!
Actually my first thought is ‘how terrifying’.
Millennials are notorious for their sense of entitlement, for quitting when the going gets tough, for basically expecting unicorns to be handed to them on a golden platter. Served with free food and beanbags, obviously.
So when I look ahead to the next few months of my life, I can’t help but think that I am one of those dreaded Millennials that no one wants to (a) hear about; (b) deal with; and (c) employ.
I might have a shiny LinkedIn page, but I don’t have it all figured out. I might have an interesting career journey behind me, but I don’t feel very tough.
Quite simply, I just don’t know. I don’t know the best approach to escape dismissal as just another entitled Millennial. I don’t know how the fourth shift of my career is going to shape up. And I don’t know how I got here.
What I do know is I refuse to be dismissed. What I do know is that I’m going to make the next leap in my career an awesome one. And what I do know is that where I am now is brimming with the things and people that I love.
There may be no free food or unicorns, but I’m about to turn terrifying into terrific. Who’s with me?