We all want that perfect job. You know the one with the good schedule, always off on weekends, paid sick days, 401k, and vacation pay. The understandable boss that lets you take off work because you had a rough week. Friendly colleagues. A positive environment. Everyone working together for the better of the company. Well if you are looking for that job trust me it will be hard to find unless you own your own business.
I was reading an article about Millenniums. Millenniums are people born between 1982-2004. The article was talking about how Millenniums are burnt out. I know people get Millenniums mixed up with Zen Y and the Zen X generation, but we are nothing like them. No offense to them we are just wired differently. Millenniums are between the Baby Boomers generation and the Zen generation. Millenniums work harder than the Baby Boomers because most were raised by the Baby Boomers. The economy isn’t as easy for Millenniums as it was for Baby Boomers. The cost of living is totally different and manufacturing work isn’t enough to pay the bills. Now that technology has advanced entrepreneurship is becoming the new thing. Millenniums want their freedom and a lot of companies won’t give you that perfect schedule or pay you what you think you’re worth. So, more and more millenniums are starting businesses and the ones who aren’t work so much that they are burnt out. So much has changes since I been with my current employer. Each year they add more days and hours on to our schedule that if you count the hours,I’m at work including the commute time it will be more than the amount of time I spend at home. I finished college in December. I finished with a degree in business management. I went to school because I knew I wanted to make some changes in my life. I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew that I couldn’t continue to work for my employer. Don’t get me wrong, I have excellent benefits with 401k, vacation time, bonuses, and incentives but I think I have reached the end of this journey for my life. Now is the time for me to start a new journey. Not just for me but for my family.
I been thinking lately about my next steps. Should I stay in South Carolina? Should I move? I been studying the job market and researching salaries and quite frankly there isn’t the perfect job for me out there. At least not within a 50-mile radius. Last week during some downtime at work I took out my journal and started writing down the perfect work schedule. I wrote down the hours I was available with the children school schedule as consideration and I realized the chances of me ever finding a job with that schedule will take more research.
I started putting in application after application. I probably submitted my resume to over 50 companies. I hate the job searching process. Maybe that’s why I’ve been with my current employer going on nine years. I didn’t realize how much of a pain it was to fill out an application. I spent at least 30 minutes on one application with the anticipation that maybe I might land this one. No ma’am not today. I do have a side business but working for my current employer mentally and physically drains me and sometimes on my days off all I want to do is rest up for the next day. I understand sometimes when you are working hard and trying to build your side hustle sleep sometimes gets over looked but sometimes this mama needs some rest. I’m a cranky lady when I don’t get sleep, so I value my sleep over anything. The employers now days want you to work and sleep that’s all. I was talking to a friend of mine and my friend expressed to me that he felt like all he did was work and sleep also. I felt a relief because I thought I was the only one that felt like that. Sometimes we don’t realize that what we might be going through someone closer to us might be experiencing the same thing. I have given myself a time line at my current place of employment. I have already began making arrangements for my daughter. Since she goes to school for a half day I am going to put her in a full time preschool. I’m looking for places this week. If you are trying to make changes in your career you must take care of the necessary steps that’s going to get you there. Plan if you have children. Save more money if you’re thinking about taking a job out of town. Do your research so you can be ready for that perfect job. I know there is not a perfect job out there, but I do know if you are doing something that is your passion then it will never feel like work. What you love and enjoy will always bring you happiness. I told myself this year is about me. I am going to start putting myself first and that starts with doing something I enjoy full time and monetizing off it. The only way I will have the perfect schedule is if I oversaw my schedule. My time is coming soon. So remember today if you want the perfect schedule you must create it. Start doing what makes you happy. If you are unhappy with your work schedule or your job find something that you are passionate about. If you don’t know what that is spend some time with yourself. Get silent. Stay off social media. Start thinking about your life and the things you enjoy doing with or without being paid for it. Once you figure this out then start working towards it and don’t stop until you got it. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman