The sad truth about work

Daniel Eb
Daniel Eb
Aug 31, 2017 · 2 min read

We spend a third of our life working. Like it or not, we are defined by what we do. When 70% of us are disengaged at work, what does that say about us?

Millennials are the disruption generation. By sheer weight of numbers, we’re building a better world based on better values — community, transparency, innovation.

When will we do the same to work?

We job-hop and side hustle because we’re obsessed with building meaning into our life. We’re slowly climbing Maslow’s hierarchy — leaving behind older generations who don’t understand why job security just isn’t enough for us.

So why the scary stats? Why the quarter-life-crisis? In practice, our idealism is often crushed under an archaic job search system. We’re feeding a hungry recruitment industry with endless resumes and cover letters — most of which never even make it to a person.

We want to move forward — the stats prove it. But we’re outsourcing our career choices to a system that’s designed to meet headcount, not find professional fulfilment.

As a generation, we need to take ownership of ourselves.

Expecting recruiters to understand your definition of meaningful work is lazy. Expecting to land dream jobs through online applications is a fantasy. Committing to an industry that doesn’t excite you is giving up on yourself.

There is no app for finding professional fulfilment, no shortcuts. If we’re unhappy at work, it’s our fault for relying on a recruitment industry that simply does not work in our best interests.

Only we work in our best interests. Let’s start acting like it.

Daniel Eb

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