The 9 highest paying jobs for millennials (you’ll be surprised)

This week, as I was browsing the World Wide Web for some blog post inspo, I stumbled upon the most interesting post titled The 9 Highest-Paying Jobs for Millennials“. I thought it would be interesting to have a look because immediately I had made an assumption around what the jobs would be and secondly, you know, just for control haha, “am I positioning myself and my career in the right way?”.

So I clicked on the article on Entrepreneur.com which can be found here  and to my surprise… all of the jobs which were listed were incredibly traditional. What I mean by traditional is that they were not at all a representation of the future world of work. If you are curious but too lazy (read: too invested in my article) to leave and go read the other article in the link, the jobs listed can be read below:

  • Accountant
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Actuary
  • Financial Advisor

So as you can see from this list… very traditional and “normal”. Granted, the rules used to develop the list looked at the most high paying jobs first and then whether they were occupied by millennials, which essentially skewed the outcome however, this discovery beckoned some question in my mind….

Are millennials as a market/commodity being undervalued?

With so many millennials entering the economy, by virtue of their volume, this grouping will influence service delivery, shape product features and drive organizations to re-evaluate how employees are engaged, motivated and remunerated. But with all of this being said, South Africa (which possesses a much younger aged population) seems to only be pondering about the possibility of this new age in a way that can make one think that it’s only a future reality. I fully understand that the rise of each generation brings about exponential change and an environment that has never been experienced before. Millennials have brought about a digital age along with big data and they’re begging for engagement and interplay in this environment. Because I don’t see this happening my question then becomes: “are millennials as a market/commodity being undervalued? Do corporates/ businesses/ the economy not see the value of focusing on them and investing in the mastery of millennials as a micro- sector of sorts?”

Are millennials being used as SMEs in the workplace to build and shape rules of engagement/ products and services for other millennials?

Because we know the roles of the “new age” (Google top 10 roles that exist/will exist in that future that have never existed before) have been identified and are being staffed in different industries, is the collective value of these roles being overlooked by attaching lower salary tags to them? and secondly I wonder whether millennials occupy these roles or is millennial employee confidence so low that millennials cannot be trusted to launch new business units/ operations before they wave their employees goodbye (to run off into the sunset with a round trip ticket… or to start their own companies and run wild in a space free of bureaucracy or something else millennially haha). Either way, whatever is happening in this situation is a loss on all fronts because corporations are sleeping on innate industry experts internally who can help master a market of consumers that plug into almost any industry; and the millennial workforce is disengaged and attriting in traditional workplace settings.

However you choose to look at it though, there is 1 major thing that this article highlights and that is “money goes where there is perceived value- money attracts money” and maybe (just maybe) as a generation, we just haven’t proven ourselves enough. Hell even till today Bitcoin still has its skeptics!

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11 valuable career tips going into 2018

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Once in a while a group of my trusted advisers spew out some pearls of wisdom and generosity becomes us as we share some of our greatest lessons. Considering that we are all about to all about to enter into a new year, groups of millennials around the world have also decided to take the plunge into the workplace environment. If you are new or seasoned in the workplace I believe that some of the tips below could stand you in good stead for carving out a successful 2017 (and hopefully career) and ensuring that you cross over with your sanity into 2018!

1. Stanbic IBTC CareerTip: Follow-up on all applications, phone conversations and interviews. Employers seek candidates who distinguish themselves by showing they are truly interested in the opportunity.

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Be like Oprah, make that paper….

2. Negotiate your salary, know your worth (click to follow link to salary negotiations article).

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3. Read. statistics show that readers make better contributors to society ok? Don’t look for a link, just go buy a book.

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4. Don’t do a 5 year plan. It limits the universe to opening up opportunities/ you seeing opportunities because you have now confined yourself to a 5 year plan cast in stone. High level have 2/3 objectives for each year that tie into your lifetime goals but always be on the hunt for an opportunity. Instead write down what you want to achieve.

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Keeping up with the Joneses

5. Guard against societal pressure. Don’t allow peer pressure influence your spending and investing habits.

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6. Focus. Don’t let minor problems distract you from your overall goal.

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7. Find a place where you can grow with your tasks and where you are in an environment that supports your development.

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8. From the get go, be vocal about your expectations in your role, this way no one is surprised or disappointed in the long run.

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9. It’s very important to be deliberate about creating and managing your perception… yes be true to who you are, yes bring your whole self to work BUT, don’t forget that people understand other people from their frame of reference. So if you don’t think it is worth your time understanding how the people who matter in your career receive you, also be prepared to face the consequences thereof. People be petty AF yo!

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10. Network, Network, Network! The value of your network is your net- worth. The success of your career moves comes from the quality of your network.

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11. Since you are solely in control/ in charge of your career and its success thereof, be sure to always prioritize your happiness, your goals and your sanity (also considering karma, the circle of life, the universe, your conscience) because this isn’t a relationship, nothing has your back and nobody is actively looking out for your best interests 🙂

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Lastly just to wrap it all up, something so profound that my mentor shared with me yesterday, during our telephonic conversation, that I feel is vital to share, is the importance of having open and honest career conversations. It is so important to always speak to what you want to be doing and where you see yourself, as opposed to fighting for a job. A job you already have, but your ideal career is a much more important discussion, this speaks to your desired state.