What’s a Millennial to do? Tips for beating the ho-hum job blues.

Written by: Melissa Noyes, Co-founder/Web Coordinator

“I HATE MY JOB.  ARGH!”  This is how a Facebook chat began yesterday afternoon with a good friend of mine–no “hi”, no “what’s up”, just I HATE MY JOB!!.  I’ve known Ty since elementary school, but being two years my senior, we didn’t really become friends until after high school.  Ty is funny, smart, outgoing, and your general all-around nice guy.  He’s a single dad.  He works two jobs–neither of which relate to what he’s really passionate about–photography (see a few of his photos below and check out Ty’s website for more amazing pics).  Ty would love to start his own business as a professional photographer, but the prospect feels overwhelming.


 Ty’s story is not uncommon to Generations X and Y.  In fact, many X’ers have left the mainstream, corporate world in search of other opportunities that are more in-line with their values and interests.  Generation Y craves flexibility and creativity in the workplace and often feel stuck when these characteristics aren’t available to them.  Many (like me), have taken the risk and started their own businesses, but this isn’t always feasible for many Millennials.
So what’s a Millennial to do?  How do we balance the “stuck” feeling of a ho-hum job with the intense desire to do something meaningful?  Getting involved with nonprofit organizations and/or young professionals groups can be a great way to fill the void.  It provides the opportunity to match your interests to social action and to meet other Millennials with the same interests.

Here are some tips to get started:

1. Hit up our website and click on “What’s Your Passion?”  Browse through the different interest areas and find the one(s) that best match YOUR interests.  Then, click on “Action Headquarters” to find links to local volunteer databases and local young professionals groups.

2. Research local nonprofits and find one whose mission fits your interests.  Then find out more about their volunteer opportunities.

3. Get involved with a volunteer group like One Brick.  They allow you to volunteer for specific events without any committment, and you can volunteer with friends.  Plus they always go out after each event–what’s more fun than that?

4. Get involved with a young professionals group. Indyhub is a great one here in Indianapolis.  You’ll have the chance to mingle with other YP’s at unique events, happy hours, and participate in career development and volunteer opportunities.

Making an impact outside of work allows us to feel connected to the community in ways that employment (oftentimes) can’t.  Who knows, your extracurriculars may even inspire your workplace to become more socially conscious!


About catalystxchange

Catalyst X-Change, Inc. is a 501c3 serving the greater Indianapolis area. Catalyst was founded by two Millennials (Kristin Clements-Effner and Melissa Noyes) with a passion and a vision for world change. We believe that significant and positive change can happen when individuals come together and match their passions with tangible actions. Our mission is to advance community through meaningful action.
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