(Photo Credit: The Millennial Spirit, Mount Mary University, June 2016)
By: Veronica Sanchez
I always identified as a millennial both by definition and in spirit (perhaps even before the term existed) —I do not have a problem with the association that this term can bring. I have always craved and searched for constant change and a high need for instant gratification, as my parents simply watched and prayed from the sidelines. They have no idea where I inherit these values that are so different than the boomers and x-ers they know. Little did they know back then ... That a similar and entire generation like me was on the rise, a generation equal in spirit and in values that would come together in the hearts of big cities.
These are the same cities that our parents had left behind for suburbia-two generations ago. In retrospect, I now realize that my wrestlings in life to arrive where I am today came deeply from the fact that I never cared to settle. Perhaps I did envision settlement, but not until I found what I was looking for. Here is my story or what I like to call, "My Perfect Millennial Storm."
On the downside, in six years, I grew too comfortable: lazy perhaps. I tried so many times to leave but it was just so hard to manage the idea of starting all over. I reached a plateau and I hungered for more substance, greater development, and more money. While, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to continue studying, I knew that starting my master's degree would create the change I was seeking.
In six years, I grew too comfortable: lazy perhaps. I tried so many times to leave but it was just so hard to manage the idea of starting all over. Three years into that role, I had already reached a plateau. I hungered for more substance, greater development and more money."
Several years later, I ventured with the idea of rebranding myself into the field of Human Resources but I wasn't sure how to make the industry change. I must have re-edited my resume 100 times with the help and guidance of CULTIVATE EXCELLENCE.
Now, I had to open a LinkedIn account, polish my social media presence, and “re-brand” myself. It was all a new language to me! I took the time to reconnect with old friends, old professors. I felt like an aspiring rock star knocking doors with a guitar on my back. It was as such. I’ll never forget the colleagues who took me in on a short notice lunch request. For the next two years, I decided that I would no longer commit to a fruitless employer or a place that made me unhappy. I reinvented myself by falling and getting up all over again.
For the next two years, I decided that I would no longer commit to a fruitless employer or a place that made me unhappy. I reinvented myself by falling and getting up all over again.
Thanks to this new journey of career empowerment, I scored two 6-month Human Resource contracts, and then got accepted into a Labor and Employment Master's Program at The University of Illinois-Urbana, which has all lead to where I am now. I promised myself I would not let fear or limited advice hold me back. I learned through this process, that I no longer wanted to work for an organization that offers poor compensation, does not cater to millennials, or actively invest in their employees.
Perhaps, I do have an unconditional and extraordinary support system that allowed me to maneuver at this rate at the age of 35. I also, perhaps, have minimal attachments that allowed me to jump in at the rate of my own discretion, but I continuously count on my blessings-- For that is all we can do.
Today, I still find a need for professional conditioning and leadership development in this new field. Although, this new venture is being delivered at very fast rate, I am incredibly grateful for my current journey with my present manager and her patience.
"Re-write your own story, all over again, and be happy! It’s not so bad, after all," said this millennial.
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