For most people, there was someone you always looked up to. Whether it was your parents, a teacher, a coach, or even a celebrity, you always thought they had their life all together. You see these people “adulting” and think that you need to be like that too in order to feel accomplished. Our society has made this word, “adulting” into a funny hashtag, but in reality, it’s every young adults’ goal to be doing it.
As millennials, we think that we have to have our next 5-10 years figured out and we feel this pressure that if we don’t choose the right career path now, we’ll be lost down the road. Well let me reassure you, you are not the only one who has this fear. If my internship has taught me anything, it has taught me these three things about the dreaded word, “adulting” and how to own it.
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “you are your biggest critic,” and although I do think you should work hard and hold yourself accountable, remember you are still learning and every day and every project is not going to be perfect. All you can do is learn from it and be better.
Don’t Give Up
In almost every job or internship I’ve had, it has crossed my mind to quit. Instead of that, think about how this opportunity is just a stepping stone and it will lead you to where you need to be. It will give you the expereince you need for that next job.
Be grateful you were accepted into this program and you have so many resources to utilize. Be grateful you realize what you do or don’t like about your job. Not everyone gets that opportunity to “test drive their career.”
I want to leave off by saying that “adulting” isn’t about getting up at the crack of dawn every morning and putting on a tie and going to work. “Adulting” is giving yourself credit, not giving up, and being grateful. Don’t be intimidated, be better.