The topic of conversation among us seniors now is graduation. I can’t tell you how many times in the past few months I’ve sat around with friends and classmates concocting our quest to become successfully important contributors to society. How exactly are we supposed to transform from the messy college kids, stumbling to class into the suited up, important business men and women hustling and bustling on the New York City sidewalks? What exactly is the next step?
It seems to me that most of us are focusing on where we hope to be in the next ten or 20 years. Our expectation is to land our dream job and begin conquering the world right away. Well, while some of us may get lucky, it’s a little far fetched for most of us. It’s important to take a step back and view our future careers as investments. As unglamorous as it sounds, working from the bottom up can actually be the most rewarding approach. Todd Defren narrows in on the importance of committing to one employer in his blog post Careerism vs. Stickitoitiveness.
Defren discusses common practice in the PR industry to jump from job to job. The cut-throat and competitive nature of the industry forces some to jump around. In other cases, firms compete and recruit each other’s employees. Either way, there seems to be a large turn-over rate in the industry. Defren speaks from a PR agency owner’s perspective when he advises young “PR pros” to make a committment to a place they like, and stick to it. Apparently, he already secretly knows who of his young employees will grow to be future Vice Presidents of the firm…potentially. He knows they have the work ethic, but it all depends on the committment they decide to make to the agency.
This really left me with a lasting impression. Our generation has the mindset that if we aren’t satisfied with what we’re doing, we’ll just go find something better. Committment and loyalty aren’t the highest on our list of importance. So, how many professionals out there, in any area, are still trying to land their dream job? How many of them could be working that dream job right now if they had just stuck it out through less glamorous positions?
What do you think? Do you think loyalty to one employer and working from the bottom up is an outdated idea? What kind of mindset do you have as you’re getting ready to step off of the university campus and enter “the real world?”