Updated: Jul 17, 2018
As you grow up, you realize how much the real world has changed. It’s not as forthcoming or available as everyone said it would be. Just like the seasons' change, so does time. As you stay true to yourself, time moves in a different direction and the things you once thought about doing, might be a lot harder to obtain. Jobs are more difficult to receive, a college degree might not be as helpful as you thought, and you might be stuck at that dead end job. While a salary and bills keep you up at night, you are not alone. This is what it’s like for most people in their 20s.
Here’s how it goes. Think about it; everyone thinks they’re the best. How much propaganda do you see daily? From what you watch on TV, to what you see on the news, to billboard and advertisements, and from everything you see online. Everyone thinks that their product or brand is the best and through marketing, campaigns, business proposals, and significant money spent, they try to sell you that exact idea. It then translates into work environments which you then commonly hear, “Go for it and take the opportunity” or “It’s such a great company to be with, and you should apply.” Things like this annoy me because that’s not always the case.
Let’s start with television. Television is a natural place for us to get our information from, as well as a scary place to distract us from what’s important. In the 2000’s we were introduced to the era of reality TV shows, such as The City, America’s Next Top Model, Hell’s Kitchen, Kell on Earth, and many more. Notice that these are all business type shows. Out of all these shows did you learn anything? Were any of them essential? Now let’s say you had a choice to work for a business that was not aired on national television, to a company that was broadcast, which one would you choose?
Now let’s take a look at media outlets. New York Times, Teen Vogue, and BuzzFeed. All produce online content – so let’s say you worked at one of them. Will you learn the same from one just because they are noted media and news outlets? Of course not. You’ll gain experience from one, but each media firm is doing something completely different from the rest. With today’s market, your work experience will be there, but it may be put at a low cost and even on individual limits.
You need to ask yourself the hard questions. As you get older and look for jobs, I suggest you start to understand this aroma we have dealt with that is just complete bullshit. Just because something sounds good, doesn’t mean it is. One name will obviously taste better on a resume. It’s something that you need to figure out on when you’re on the path to finding a job and figuring out your future. Jobs these days are difficult to come by, and their hiring process is beyond crazy.
Take a look at the demand. If you are going to college for a major that has a high demand for jobs, that internship you did in school or work experience will help because there will always be a need in that specific field. If you are going to college for a major that has a lower demand for jobs with tight job openings, there will be fewer jobs available, even in fashion. The key to this is to be smart and to understand businesses and what each business offer and know what’s right for you, not what others say will fit you. That will help you find work faster.
Use this in your work field and even with people you meet. Whether it’s your friends, family, and even future relationships. People are always going to offer you something different from what someone else can provide you with. Take what they give you and manifest it into yourself and your future. Be smart, know what you like and stick with it because just like your favorite soda beverage or your favorite beer, some names will always taste better than others.