You don’t really hear about public policy careers. You grow up and you’re told to be either a doctor, a business person, a fireman, or a police officer. As you get older, you kind of realize that those in-between jobs that you don’t hear about as much, like policy, really can be very lucrative and end up being more for you compared to the ones you have just known about your whole life from TV or in school.
I feel like in our generation, as millennials, we don’t really fit the mold of our parents anymore (i.e., staying at one job for our entire careers). Their generation would work somewhere for twenty-plus years and be experts and want to do that kind of thing forever. For us, however, we think we’ll have one job for three to five years, learn all we can, and then go somewhere else to grow with the next higher-level position. I think a lot of this is because we are more cognizant of our worth and we know that we can work forus, not the actual job that we are at. We want to better ourselves.
A wise man said that being realistic is the easiest way to mediocrity. Young people are dreamers and we like to dream big and achieve the most. Sometimes, people tell us to pump the brakes and slow down. I don’t think that’s fair because if you are realistic and hold down your dreams, that is only making you an average person. Your dreams and aspirations are yours; no else should be able to tell you what to do with them. You need to protect what your dreams are and never allow anyone else to steal that away from you. For young professionals, especially when you are probably the youngest person in the room, you may already feel less qualified. Regardless of this, you should never allow anyone else to make you think realistically of what you should do with your life. That is for you to decide.
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