7 Mid-Level Career Struggles That Every Young Professional Goes Through
Coming from someone who has teetered from the same job title to another, I know what it’s like to feel as if you’re going in endless circles when it comes to your professional advancement.
For some time, I’ve been yearning for that “breakthrough role” to lead me on the path to bigger and better things.
However, what would always end up happening is that I’d jump the gun and take a job that seemed the most realistic and most easily attainable to me based on my skills, knowledge, and experience within my industry.
I would always end up just taking positions that I knew I could get because I was already doing that exact same role. I would leave one company to go to another company, having the same functions and responsibilities as before.
The thing is, I never applied to those “reach jobs” that were outside of my comfort zone. Prior to even hitting the “Apply” button, I would immediately write myself off from certain jobs in fear that I would get rejected right away.
After having conversations with colleagues and other young professionals, I realized that for many people, they were on the exact same boat as me. Similar to me, they’d have my same mindset and only apply to jobs that were in line with what they were already doing.
You see, these are the things that are holding us back. These are those mid-level career struggles that are so difficult for many young professionals to get past. And this is why:
- Finding the right mentor. In any facet of life, there has to be someone who is in your corner; someone who is guiding you through those internal battles and frustrations. Whether it’s your boss, a former colleague, or teacher, you need someone to foster your success.
- Moving into a leadership role. One of the biggest struggles in changing jobs is taking on a leadership role, where you are someone who has to make quick decisions and be the person that others turn to. For many, it’s a scary thing to put yourself in a position where the weight if a team lies on your shoulders.
- Learning how to manage a team. For many higher-level positions, one of the requirements includes having previous experience with managing a team. Again, not everyone wants to take the initiative to manage a team. But if you do, you have to know that it’s not an easy task. You’ll have to learn how to put others before yourself.
- Knowing your worth. Those who are in mid-level positions often act as a liaison, or middle man, who are not quite at a point where they make authoritative decisions, but do hold a great deal of responsibility for keeping things afloat. In these positions, it’s tough to know your true worth. Just know that you ARE integral to the success of the company, even if your voice doesn’t carry as far as others.
- Standing by your salary. Depending on where you live, salary is typically a big factor in the decision-making process of taking a new job. Knowing how much you should be making versus how much you actually make can be a “make it or break it” situation.
- Taking a risk. If you never try, then you never know. Don’t be like me and immediately write yourself off. Take a moment to evaluate yourself and be confident in your abilities. Don’t hold back on applying for a job just because you’re scared that you don’t meet the job requirements.
- Doing what you love. A majority of your happiness lies within what you actually do.At the end of the day, if you’re not doing what you love, then you won’t love your job. Find the thing that sets your heart ablaze, and go for it!
Originally Published by Lindsey Lazarte on January 11, 2018 via LinkedIn