Dear Millennial: your twenties are the “building stage” of your career, do not be afraid to take risks and experiment

*** Note from the editor: this is an edited article, originally written  by Edith Macharia for She Leads Africa***

Time goes by quickly, January was just yesterday and we are already headed to the mid of 2018. 2017 was supposed to be your year, yet when you look back you cannot place a finger on what you achieved.

Maybe, you completed university last year and your dream job is not yours yet, so you settled for an internship in a company that people barely know of instead of one of the top four companies in your field.

Or, you are a graduate that decided to go down the entrepreneurship route. You were confident  that you were just what the market needed.  Your twenty-something self-entered the market and reality hit you.

You realized you need to create and find your niche, do multiple gigs to earn respect and trust from your clients before you become the big name that everyone relates to. This means investing time and money.

You have time, but not so much money. What should you do to keep going and to make sure that this building stage of your career is fun and successful?


Planning is key to get you to the top of your career and to make you the go-to person in your chosen field.

If this is your first business venture, there is so much to learn and you are in a scary unfamiliar territory. For you to make progress you need to have specific goals and a timeline for when you wish to achieve these goals.

This keeps you on track as you can frequently monitor how much more you need to invest financially and time-wise to get your dream off the ground.


At the start of something new even though we may have clear goals, we tend to waiver or get distracted by new developments in our field. In the spirit of familiarising ourselves with our area of interest, many new ideas cross our path.

Keeping up with the times is obviously key because our current world is a technological one and things change all the time.  However, you need to be consistent when it comes to exactly what goal is. Set your mind on one thing and then see it to the end.

On your journey, you will get disappointed, things will not exactly follow your pre-written script, but consistency means you do not stop putting in the work.

Most younglings get into the market with a lot of energy but after a few setbacks they are worn out and begin to give up on their dreams. No, do not take your eyes off your vision.

To succeed, you have to develop thicker skin, learn from your detractors and use failure as a stepping stone to get you on top of the success ladder.

As the year progresses and eventually comes to a close, use your losses as lessons. Pick out what worked and build your goals around this. This is how one gets to be an expert in any field.

Choose a mentor to work with you towards your success

Mentorship is key for beginners. You are obviously brilliant but having someone to hold your hand as you walk the journey towards your success makes your dream more realizable. A mentor acts as a check and balancing tool.

They will help you to ensure that you do not get too distracted or discouraged that you lose sight of your goals. They will be your extra eyes in the business arena or in your career.

Choose someone you trust or someone whose success is something that has encouraged you to set out on your own. This way their  journey can be your guide.

–Featured image– millennial scrable | Jeff Djevdet | flickr

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Best of Africa.

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