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13th July 2017  |  Career Management , Individuals

I was asked to write a blog targeted to teens and school leavers.

This is something I’m not used to and saw this as quite the challenge. To be honest, despite being only 33, I feel out of touch with today’s youth.

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The changes in our youth’s society are so rapid, it can be tricky keeping up.

I took a moment to reflect on when I was a teenager. What did I have in common with the youth of today? And then it clicked. I loved to party! Not much has changed, I still love to party!

Drinks, music and good company are, after all, the favourite past time of many. In fact, you could say it’s embedded in Australian culture. A lot of us can keep a handle on this by partying in moderation and still doing what needs to be done. But you must be mindful of the traps you could fall into.

I have seen it all too often and hindsight is a wonderful thing – as is common cents!

If I could go back in time and have a conversation with my younger self, I would have a lot to say. An ass kicking might also be involved.

Once the berating was over, my main message would be “work hard now, play hard later.” When you hit 18 your world opens up to bars, clubs and pubs and it is so easy to get side-tracked. You start focusing on things in life that, albeit fun, aren’t so important in retrospect.

You would have heard all this before, most probably from your parents.

But take it from someone who not long ago was in your shoes. If there was anything I could change about my youth, it would be investing more time and effort in my career instead of thinking about which party I’m getting pissed at next.

There’s an old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” and believe me when I say it truly does. When you are in your teens or early 20’s, you have a tendency to look forward and think, “there is no rush, I’ve got plenty of time to achieve my goals.”

But 30 will come around before you know it.

Rather than looking forward to what could be, you may start looking back at what you have accomplished (or what you haven’t) with regret.

We live in one of the most expensive countries in the world. Use some common cents and start making moves now.

by Matthew Appassamy
INS Career Coach

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