The other side of the coin…

COVID-19…What a strange and trying time. We wrote the following series of career hacks in a world that seemed upside down…but, we know that once this is all a distant memory, they will still speak a lot of truth – they are topics that will continue to arise and test us throughout our lives. 

You’ve spent all year looking for a summer internship. After countless rejections, you finally get accepted into an amazing 2-week intensive program over the mid-semester break. You’re beaming!

Weeks later, after an unexpected turn of events (thanks COVID-19), you get an email back saying that the program you’ve been chirping on about for weeks is cancelled. To say you’re bummed is an understatement.

To make matters worse, whilst browsing through your LinkedIn feed, you see your mate from high school just got promoted to account manager. “How are they getting a promotion in a time like this?” you think, “Lucky fella!”

You’re happy for them, of course, but part of you can’t help wondering, “Why isn’t that me?”

Sound familiar?

I know for myself, and a lot of young people, we can get trapped in the mindset of thinking, “Damn, I wish I had their life.”

Thanks to social media, Millennials get the privilege of seeing the glorified lives of others, 24/7.

Whilst I cannot deny I get a bit jealous seeing my friend’s Instagram feed and wishing my weekend also consisted of a private boat ride along the Brisbane river, I’ve found that I’m happiest when I focus my energies on myself and my own journey. ***

After all – I come from a different background, face different challenges and have different strengths, so I can’t really compare myself to others.

When I think of all the things I’ve accomplished, although it may not be as big and ambitious as my peers, it certainly represents how far I’ve come.

From being the first line of my family to attend university, to taking chances to pursue my dream career (despite my parents not liking it so much), and being proud to assert my ideas in group work (I’ve always been a shy person), I’m proud of how far I’ve come (and I should be)!

So whatever accomplishment you’ve achieved this week (big or small) and sacrifices you’ve made to get to this stage, I just want to say you’re doing so well, and although you may not see it, you’re kicking ass!

*** When all else fails, I do find taking a social media detox is the best remedy! Being alone and in my own thoughts can give me some peace of mind. Netflix, tea and some freshly baked choc-chip cookies (my favourite) can work like magic. Sometimes it’s best to distance yourself from all the noise. I find that everything heals with time.

This article was written by Rebecca, one of the genYOU content creation team members.