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Defining Success Now For Future Growth – A Personal Experience

When discussing our futures it can often be too easy to think “yeah, I do like that, and that and that”. While Gen Y is facing a unique problem of cycling through jobs every 18 months, and having in excess of six careers across our life we can still define success from an early stage.

Gen Y faces this issue because we’ve self-taught ourselves many transferable skills around IT and communication – the powerhouses of growing economies – but to be known successes we’ve got to define our path. Managing success is a difficult process, and it starts early. We’ve got to think about what we want to be.

I asked this question to a group of 13 year olds the other day and I got the same response as when I asked my late-20’s friends: a confused “I really don’t know”. When I thought about this, I realised that most people I know in Gen Y are unsure of their career.

When we start defining what we want from our careers, we need to think about what we want from our lives. The greater the vision we have for our lives: the flexibility, financial situation, education attainment, children and family life – all of these need to be considered. It can be easy getting caught up in discussions about running the world, being CEOs and leaders of industry, but those come at a cost.

A pursuit to an area or industry gives options within itself, by being flexible and looking for opportunities we can do a variety of things while keeping eyes on bigger prizes.

Gen Y is being told that they’re not committed or don’t have the longevity by employers, in a practical sense we’re only staying in our jobs for about 18-24 months. The search for opportunities starts early, it is a fusion of ambition and looking for a breadth in experience.

Are we really flakey?

One of the issues that isn’t being explored, is that not staying in jobs for a significant amount of time means that we can come across as flakey and lack serious consideration of roles. Juggling this with a burgeoning and defined ambition can be difficult, but employers place a high value on security.

When we define our futures we can make the calls to stay in roles where we’re learning the skills that are relevant to our development, meaning we can show commitment.

I took the time last year to define my long-term goals, it took a while and we shouldn’t expect this to be quick process, but takes understanding of ourselves and where we are at in our lives. The benefits of understanding this is important though, it is recognising our potential.

We need to assess ourselves, our capacities and where we want to go in order to get the best out of our lives, the benefits are plentiful – but it starts with us.


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Conrad Liveris


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