I was visited St Petersburg, Russia recently while on a Baltic Sea cruise. Of course it is a very interesting place to visit with such attractions as the Hermitage Museum and all the other palaces constructed during the Romanav dynasty. Very extravagant and beautiful gold laden places!
I had a brief conversation with one of our tour guides while waiting for the bus to board. She has been in a university and is working for the tour company, apparently while seeking a better job. She said that it is difficult to get a job as companies want someone with five or so years of experience and she has none. As usual, I asked her about banks since I know something about that field. Her answer was typical of anywhere, “I don’t want to be a banker!” I see her point, but she missed mine; are there jobs in banking that you could get to get started?
This always interests me from two perspectives. First, I never, ever, wanted to be a banker either but eventually spent 20 years in the field! I achieved success by working my way up. Second, and more important, she seemed frustrated by her economic lot and really needed a job according to her. I have no idea how she could be so picky in that country where opportunities seem limited and people seem poor. Some said their parents missed communism because it was easier to survive. I wonder if the young can figure it out?
I get the same answer when I talk with kids in the US too. “I don’t want to do that”. Whatever job it is that I suggest. Maybe they are better poker players than I was when I went to work for a bank in a low position. I didn’t have the luxury of “bluffing” because I had a family to support and that was my dream. Plus I learned that one can work their way up from that low job and do well if they work smart. And they can even move out of a field with some success listed in their resumes.
And, maybe you will find your dream job in the process, not in a search!