Watching you grow

So, I'm winding down for the day. The munchkin is asleep. I'm doing my usual late-night LinkedIn lurking when a thought occurs to me. LinkedIn seems to be a forum for (and a permanent record of) professionals trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. It's funny, not in a "ha ha" sort of way, but in an interesting sort of way.

You see, we all look so professional with our headshots, degrees, years of experience, credentials, and connections. At first glance, we appear to have it all figured out. If you drill down to any one person's profile you might start to see some trends. He spent a few years at a firm, got promoted, quit, started his own consulting business, and found another job while continuing to consult on the side. She spent the first part of her career working at multiple agencies, started freelancing from home with one of the agencies so that she could raise her child, and went back into the workforce in a completely different field.

The career landscape has changed so much since I attempted to get my first job. Now, it's normal to see a nice mesh of life and business. I have yet to hear a boring story behind someone's professional path. I'm no stranger to this continual journey either.

Now is a great time to release some of that pretense and just enjoy what you're experiencing. Some people say it's a generational thing--Gen X'ers and Millenials have no job loyalty. I would agree with that, but don't see it as a negative. Instead, it's our way of exploring the world and finding ourselves through one or more career options.

Well, my commercial break from my LinkedIn lurking is over. Thanks for listening to my observations. If you happen to get notice that I was looking at your profile, don't be alarmed. I'm just enjoying watching your story unfold as mine continues to as well.

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