Reality #2: It takes 10 years to get 10 years’ experience. There are no shortcuts.
This series arose after an experience I recently had with a fellow YP – or young professional that I think we all could benefit from discussing. Check out Part 1 for the back story. The quintessential young professional value of the 21st century: Pay me for output, not for input!
This value is at the root of our core desires for flexibility and compensation regardless of work experience. After all, as a young professional, I can take a massive open online course for free and polish up my new knowledge on anything with a few YouTube videos. That makes me feel like I have microwaved what took 10 years of experience to learn into 1 year of education and on the job training.
However, consider your time in the workforce, however long that is. Shouldn’t that time make you a more valuable employee? If your input of time makes you valuable, then recognize that other people and organizations feel the same way. Experience is not just about cranking out widgets on the job either. It’s about relationships with internal and external customers, familiarity with the culture and cycles of your company, and the value of having learned a few things through the school of hard knocks elsewhere that make experience invaluable. Education can elevate experience, but it cannot replace experience. It’s just the truth.
I’m not saying that your 2-5 years of experience isn’t valuable, but IRL: YPs don’t qualify as “senior” anything, yet! Regardless of your education, workplace experience is just as much about relationships as it is the tasks, and the time it takes to build those relationships on the job IS input.
Don’t hate this! Embrace it, because sometimes those relationships are worth more than money can buy.
Watch for Reality #3 next week!
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