My millennial career plan
It’s early in my career but I’ve already grasped how the choices I make might affect my employability.
The most critical choice was where I would pursue my career. For me, it had to be international.
The world becomes more globalised by the day; surely globalised employees will give themselves the best chance of career success.
I had a head start, admittedly. I’m a Dutch national who went to European school in Luxembourg. I was surrounded by children from different European countries, which gave me a better understanding of different cultures (it also made me realise that life is too short to live in Luxembourg forever).
After studying in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, I picked London as the place to start work. Why London? The UK capital has become one of the most diverse cultural melting pots on the planet. It’s not just the people who live here and the culture, but the types of industry and employment available. The opportunities for keen new entrants to the jobs market are vast.
At the start, I just wanted to see what work experience I could get, with a masters education behind me. I think it helped to have a masters degree. And it undoubtedly helped that I spoke English, as is so common among the Dutch.
Moving to London has opened many doors for me. Most notably, I’ve worked on the rebrand of the global investment firm, Schroders. On a personal level, I am part of the Facebook group “Dutchies in London” but have become friends with many more Londoners and international workers.
The point is that the jobs market is fast changing and it can feel uncertain for millennials. We are not only likely to have many more jobs than previous generations, we’re likely to have several different careers. Our lifetime of work could stretch over six or seven decades. Putting yourself in a globalised employment market improves your chances of being able to shape that long working life.
This is not about making the most money; it’s about gaining experiences – doing what you want to do. It also means you meet a wider variety of people from different backgrounds, you learn more, you live more (the food quality and variety and nightlife in London are also world class).
Millennials willing to embrace the flexible mindset will likely enjoy the best work/life balance – and the most enriched experiences.