Q. What do you think is the biggest challenge today’s young professionals struggle with when looking for work?
A. I find a few big challenges for young professionals on the job hunt today. Personally, I’ve seen and experienced discouraging employment opportunities due to the economy. For example, some companies are taking advantage of free labor and blaming it on a bad recession, encouraging an uber-competitive market for internships where young professionals are basically doing all the work for little or no compensation, or even credit. There’s also a sense of devalued work and confidence in young professionals these days because of a lack of full-time employment:
fair salary, vacation days, benefits, etc and high turnover and downsizing among companies. So the challenge is to remain positive, know your worth, and pitch yourself as a “customized package” to fit into different employment opportunities.
Tuesday September 27th at We Create NYC 10am.
Event info listed here.
I get a lot of questions about why I chose to leave the 9-5 world behind to pursue a full-time career as a freelancer. Even more so, I receive lots of encouragement to turn my freelancing into a full blown consultant business. I’ve been toying with the idea for a few years now, waiting for a big sign or push in the right direction, no doubt marking each year one step close to developing my own profitable business, but there are still days when I feel unprepared.
I’m not the only one. I’m fortunate to have a close knit network of friends, peers, and mentors who have at one time or another found themselves in my same boat. We’re all incredibly talented, driven, and smart when it comes to working towards an independent career, but how can we sustain it? Never-mind this unreliable economy, I don’t even think about unemployment anymore, or the astronomical student loan debt that permeates my every move - I just want to know how to become a successful entrepreneur. So do many other young professionals.
As I’ve participated in countless meetings, events, workshops, classes, and consultations with experts, I’ve gathered some basic tools on how to jumpstart my career towards entrepreneurship, and with the help of the fabulous people at We Create NYC, we can pass along our own tips to you.
We Create and I (along with a special guest speaker) will be presenting a new workshop in September: Transitioning a Freelance Career into Entrepreneurship to prepare young professionals make that leap from contract worker into small business owner with digital tools, resources, strategy plans, and brain food to boost.
So, how can you get involved? First - sign up and attend! We’ll be posting the event live in a few weeks, so check back here for more info.
Secondly, we want to hear from you - what questions do you have about freelancing, business, and entrepreneurship? What obstacles have you faced to deter you from making the leap? What kind of business would you like to start? Who would you hire, and why? How do you acquire a client base? What sites should you visit? All of these questions and more have crossed my mind and I’m sure have crossed yours. Feel free to add in your feedback here, or drop me a line via email.
Better yet - who has a success story to share? What tips can you provide? How have you inspired others? This is the type of connection I’d also like to make at the workshop.
Our morning workshop will cover the above topics plus offer a brainstorming case study session, following by open co-working hours where you’ll be able to talk with us more closely about your business ideas and career.
I’m excited to educate and motivate, and hope you are too! More details to come soon!