Essentially, Rebecca gave some, what I consider to be, awful advice about burning bridges, and championing the “new rules” and that “cool jobs” won’t check references. But if you want to work, in like, insurance – go right ahead and be old school.
I read a lot of websites that seem to focus on Generation Y and Millenials (I think I may fall into this demographic) and am convinced that for a lot of people, they are just posting to be inflammatory and link-baiting, but I think a large majority of them believe their own hype. But, that’s for another day. My issue is this idea that the only “cool, change the world” jobs are in internet start-ups with questionable profitability plans. And what is actually changing in this New World Order? Can’t I change the world if I work in an insurance firm? Or in a mid-sized internet company? What if I am in charge of corporate responsibility at Bear Stearns, or Wal-Mart?And what are these life-changing things that are happening as a result of these new rules. We got Obama elected, and really utilized social media. Okay. Now what? I feel as if I see a lot of passion, but no clear goal. What about the world are we trying to change?
Are these conversations about jobs and career advice only for those who want to work in PR/Marketing or Community Building? Is this “new way of thinking” non-applicable for those who work in some other, perhaps lame field? Or for large, established companies?
Is this obsession with “cool jobs” really just a desire for large salaries given for skills that consist mainly of using the internet and technology effectively? Can you have a “cool job” and work for a big company?