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The Stress of the Career DecisionBy Evan Nehring
Thoughts from earlier this year...
It’s a scooter day. Life is good in the Shire. Cotton candy clouds are hanging in the blue sky. The late summer breeze rushes past as I commute the three miles west along Bridge Street.
It’s been a wild 22-year commute and not exactly a straight-line career path. I left college, the first time, very idealistic: determined to help people and change the world. I still feel that way but it’s weightier now. Now I work for a family and a home. Would I change anything through the years? Absolutely!
Mostly I wish I understood the importance of the marketplace then as I do now. Money seemed dirty or irrelevant. Pursuing a career seemed less important than the causes of the day. Not that I’d want the other extreme where you selfishly ignore the world in pursuit of the big paycheck. God’s design is big enough for both.
But the fact that I would change some things illustrates the stress of the career decision. We don’t want to make choices we’ll regret.
A new survey released Thursday says young adults, between 18 and 33-years-old, are more stressed than any other generation.
The survey found that the stress level for Millennials, adults aged 18-33, was 5.4 with 39 percent saying their stress increased during the past year and 52 percent saying that it has kept them up at night. The top two causes of their stress are work and money.
Millennial survey participants also reported, more than any other group, that a health care provider told them they have depression or an anxiety disorder.
There’s a big difference between a stressed out millennial job seeker and a carefree scooter commuter. I want to help you get there.