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Generation Maybe or How to Achieve the Work Life Balance

by Christina Hubmann - November 22nd, 2013

Maybe youcount yourself as a member of the “Generation Maybe” club, but that doesn’t mean you’re lacking in knowledge and skills. Most members of this group are well-educated, young and highly cultured.

In search of the perfect plan for your working life

The media call them indecisive, unoriented and inconsistent. They say 20-30-year-olds belong to the phenomenon often referred to as “Generation Maybe”. The twenty-somethings of today have so many opportunities they just don’t know where to start. They do internship after internship. They try, fail, wait and see, and are hesitant as to which step to take next.

Sometimes they just pause and take a look around at all these possibilities and chances waiting at their feet. There are so many doors available for you to open but which one will lead you to the right place? If you push on one door knob, do hundreds of other doors simultaneously become locked? Which one will give you the feeling that it couldn’t have been a better decision and that you can be satisfied with what you have? When is it time for you to quit thinking about how you could change your life and start feeling passionate about what you are doing exactly right now?

In a world full of opportunities

You have your Facebook friends who post pictures of their exciting travels. They’ve visited every corner of the world. Then you have your family who, naturally, wants the best for you and hope that you’ll have a well-paid job one day. You have your teachers and professors who want to acknowledge you as a member in their research project. Not forgetting your fellow students who tell you stories of their important job and the excellent reputation they now have. There is an unmanageable array of blueprints for life.

In the middle of that whole network: there’s you. Doubtful, disheartened and debilitated from so many choices. You tried to go in this direction, and didn’t stay there for long, you acquired experiences in an internship, then another internship and yet you’re still thinking about doing something completely different. Instead of earning some money or having a safety net you learned to survive from one poorly paid job to another poorly paid job. Yet, you feel all right while doing that because you know you’re still in search of the perfect plan.

Work life balance tips

Maybe you count yourself as a member of the “Generation Maybe” club, but that doesn’t mean you’re lacking in knowledge and skills. Most members of this group are well-educated, young and highly cultured. These are the only things the twenty-somethings have in common. No superior idea subsumes every individual; no term could ever describe them altogether. The only ideal they share is their own individuality.

Even if you consider yourself to be the most flexible person in the world; even if you want to go everywhere in the world, just so you don’t miss something; even if you think you know everything and don’t want to fix your life on one definite course: There will come a time when you must establish one direction. Decisions are in demand, even if they are unpleasant to make. Otherwise you’ll never find out how it is to be a part of something and to feel passionate about certain topics. You should never resign your far-sightedness, but at the same time you should be brave enough to become an expert in one subject – not in all of them. Know about and research all of your alternatives, but make sure you don’t end up missing an opportunity.

“Anything goes” and everything goes on and on

“Anything goes”. This is the slogan of the twenty-something generation. Yes, it’s true. Everything is constantly flowing and everything can be improved continuously. However, everybody should also build up an increased awareness and the courage to bind yourself to an area which matters greatly to you. Be brave enough to settle on one direction and do one’s own thing on this planet. Dive deeply into one substantiality. Make yourself an expert in this worldwide coppice of diverse aspects.

Why not Allianz Group?

They need you. You, if you want to be standing firmly in one of the strongest financial communities. You, if you want to work in a diverse company and share knowledge. Our goals are to be a trusted partner, to care for each other and have a strong connection through a strong brand. We aim to be the best. Every day. Every day you can be part of a community which endeavours to manage the megatrends of the 21st century. We attempt to understand processes like climate change and strive to find a way to deal with it. There are a lot of things to do, plenty of problems to solve and many jobs to be had. At Allianz you have opportunities from A to Z. Our purpose is to enable people to move onwards and upwards.

The job you’ll do will be a big part of your life. You will spend hours doing it; the whole day might be directed by your job responsibilities. You’ll probably spend more time with your colleagues than your friends or family. See yourself as a part of a company. Look for something you want to work towards, which ideals you support and which ideas you want to develop. Don’t sink into a sea of “Maybes”. Nobody has to be one.

                                                                                                  written by Christina Hubmann

Christina Hubmann

Global Communications

Christina Hubmann works in the Global Communications team of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, the Allianz centre of expertise for global business insurance and large corporate and specialty risks. She has a journalism background.

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