As a millennial, I was proud to hear the research that my generation is concerned with finding meaningful careers. After all, there have been enough opinion pieces saying that millennials only care about themselves and just want to take selfies all day. Actual millennials know that this is not the truth, and now we have the stats to prove it.
If you’re looking for a career that’s both personally fulfilling and socially meaningful, you should know that there are many ways to change the world. It’s important to find one that puts your unique interests and aptitudes to good use.
Here are just a few of the many ways you can have a career that will change the world for the better:
1. Educate, Heal, Connect
Working in the field of health or health science is one way to be sure that your work has an impact. And it’s not only doctors and nurses who have a profound impact on the lives of individuals and communities. There are countless other ways to make a difference in people’s lives.
Students of health science and public health go on to have dynamic careers in community organizing and education, working within their communities to promote healthy living, mental health, and community strength.
These fields combine health and science with education. Many individuals who work in community health choose to do so in their own communities, but many others travel the world spreading information and implementing health initiatives in the places where they are most needed.
2. Be the Next Mark Zuckerberg
Technological visionaries like Mark Zuckerberg have made huge impacts on the world in the past decades. They’ve changed the way we connect with one another, share information, and do just about everything else. Many of us have had an idea or two for a website or an app that we think could change the world, but very few of us have the know-how and the drive to actually put those ideas into action.
Computer programmers, individuals who have studied computer science and have expertise in this area, are equipped to turn their visionary ideas into reality.
If you’ve got the idea for the next Facebook, a career in computers could be for you.
3. Create Something Great
Many millennials don’t want to work at big, faceless corporations. They prefer to create something on their own – something that’s personally meaningful to them. These entrepreneurial millennials have been changing the world one business at a time for a while now. Just look at Uber and AirBnB – both radical new business ideas that have changed the way we travel for the better.
A degree in Business Administration has become a very popular choice for millennials. Rather than solely preparing you to work for someone else, this degree can equip you with the skills you need to take your own vision and turn it into a revolutionary new business.
When you’re the boss, you get to determine what kind of business you’re running, and studies show that millennials are doing this differently than generations before us. According to a 2014 study, 94% of millennials are disappointed by the lack of programs at large companies designed to give back to the community. These attitudes are creating a new kind of entrepreneurship, one that combines innovation and a positive social agenda.