Embracing Change in Your Career

As twenty-somethings, our lives are constantly changing. Most of us can probably agree that life is anything but predictable. Embracing the fear of the unknown? Never easy. Think about it…

“I’m happy being single.” Find a boyfriend? “I’m in love.”  Things turn sour?  “I don’t want to be alone.” Finally break it off? “Good riddance.”

“I can’t wait to graduate high school.” Graduation day? “I’m really going to miss you!” Move-in day? “I don’t want to be here.” After the first semester? “I never want to leave.”

In my opinion, I think it’s tough for a lot of people to realize that different doesn’t necessarily mean bad (and I’m not even talking about all the political turmoil on social media this week ;)). That’s life! And as twenty-somethings, we better be getting used to it.

New city? New job? New apartment? New ring?

SLOW DOWN! I’m anxious. Turn around… GO BACK! 

For the record, if that’s your life, I’m jealous of your predictability. Yet, at the same time, I realize that there’s no “cookie cutter” formula to the perfect life. We have no idea what the future holds — that’s the beauty of only being in our twenties.

Trying new things and stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t always easy. Just like in relationships and at school, the same plays true in the working world. I speak from experience. In fact, I’m going through some of that uncomfortable-but-I-know-it’s-the-right-thing-to-do kind of change right now. Landing that first job after college is one of the most comforting feelings in the world. It was scary at first, and maybe you felt a little intimidated, but eventually, you felt at home. You made friends at work and you got used to having a somewhat normal, daily routine. Then… All of a sudden… A new opportunity arises. Fast forward a few weeks, and you’re about to be having what you think will be one of the most uncomfortable conversations in your lifetime — giving a two-week’s notice.

Doing what’s right isn’t always comfortable. No one said that it’s going to be easy. But in the end, you have to do what’s best for you. Take a look at your past and learn from when embracing change has previously made you happy. Is it likely that that could happen again?

If the answer is yes, then go for it. Letting your fear control your destiny is something that you won’t want to regret later. Although we all want to think that we’ve figured ourselves out, we’re still learning who we are and who we want to be. So there’s no point in holding back now. It’s the perfect time, more than ever, to jump start your career. Why? Because if you happen to mess up, you’re still young enough to take a few steps back.

What changes have you embraced lately? Share your stories with us below or @20sTweet!

~E

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