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Career Paths and Generational Gaps

Approximately three months ago I made the decision that I wanted to change jobs. I was choosing to leave my job for a variety of reasons, that I'll get to later, but this decision revealed to me how different career paths are for those entering the full time workforce now vs the time when our parents would have. I mentioned to my mom in mid-August that I was looking for a new job. Her response to me was, "I swear you're going to be the death of me child." I had no idea what she was talking about.

Over the course of my search as I reached out in the community to find opportunities, applied to different jobs, and eventually interviewed at different companies I had conversations with my mom that lead me to one very important realization; my generation doesn't view career paths as a linear, vertical trajectory. When my mom got her first full time job, she planned to stay there for as long as possible and work her way up. That was the only way she saw it. She saw chan…