Humility in the Job Market

Lately I've been struck with how far humility goes especially in the job market. It's that "soft skill" that sets employees apart from each other. However, somewhere during college I was taught that when you graduate you get a really good paying job, with loads of benefits, and yes, you might have to work your way up, but go for your dream job first. After all, you'll attain it quickly.

Growing up I heard lots about how to impress employers or what interviewers were expecting college graduates to know/do. I also heard the stories about my mom working 12 hour shifts at the hospital while my dad dug grave plots and washed dishes at a church to get himself through graduate school. After graduating, Dad still stocked shelves at a grocery store so he could feed his growing family. Every family has these stories. Every generation before us has worked hard to get where they are. None of them assumed they'd be big shots with their first job. They all had dream jobs, but weren't afraid to take "menial" ones in the process.

As I've talked with and observed recent college graduates, I have seen a very cocky attitude emerge. It is as though the accomplishment of a college degree has earned them the right to snub their nose at jobs that don't offer them a career. They are so focused on what they dream of doing, that they overlook the importance of building skills in any area other than that dream job. The result is either very grumpy twenty somethings with mounting bills and continued stubbornness or completely overwhelmed individuals that sink into a lazy routine.

Can someone please tell me why colleges set our hopes so high? Or is it that late adolescents lack practicality? All I do know is that the jobs we take out of college probably aren't where we want to be forever. Thankfully, we don't live in a society that requires us to stay in our jobs a lifetime. So will someone please tell every college class who has graduated from 2004 till now that work is work is work! It's not always fun, it isn't always what we want it to be, but these "menial" jobs could set you up to fail or fly with that dream job. Keep your goal in sight, but humble yourself (and your expectations) and be grateful you can find a job or two that keeps the creditors away. Then, start looking for ways to move toward your goal. It's wonderful to aspire to be something great, but as believers greatness isn't our goal--HUMILITY is.

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