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5 Reasons to Work More In Your 20s

By on July 4, 2013
Working in your 20s

You’ve probably heard that your 20s are a great time to do the things you love most, like backpacking across Europe or following your favorite band on tour, instead of slogging away in an office. You’ve got, like, another 40 years to put your nose to the grindstone, right?

For the YOLO generation, spending the decade between college graduation and “real adulthood” kicked back and relaxed might sound great… but it’s also a great way to tank your career before it even gets off the ground. Here’s why.

Figure Out Your Plan

Maybe you’ve known exactly what you want to do since you were 5 years old, and you’re eager to get started now that you’ve finished your education.

But if you’re one of the legions of college grads wondering what to do with your B.A. in anthropology, now is the time to figure out two things: what you’re good at, and what you want to do with those skills. In your 20s, you have time to take chances on jobs, test out a few locations, and get to know yourself better.

If you spend this time goofing off instead of focusing on your career, you might wind up 45 and still wondering what you want to be when you grow up.

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  • Patrick Zielinski

    I totally agree with the “Start networking” point of this article. Every internship I’ve had I made sure everyone remembered who I am, these days all I have to do to get a job abroad is to pull out an ex coworker’s business card and send him an e-mail. References are a huge factor in securing the job you want.