Most industries have been targeting their products for millennials, the generation born between 1980 to early 2000. Millennials, also known as Generation Y, consists of individuals trying to find their way in to the real world. While this period can be exciting, it can also be one of the most challenging years a Millennial will have to go through as they will be figuring out which career path to take.

We present to you seven tips for all millennials trying to make their mark in the world:

  1. Early to bed and early to rise
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Your first impression is crucial in getting a job. Similarly, the way you start your morning has a tremendous impact on how the rest of your day will unfold. One way to get your morning right is by going to sleep early. Stop aimlessly scrolling on Twitter and Facebook, and keep your phone away after setting the alarm. You will feel a whole lot refreshed when you wake up in the morning with a decent night’s sleep.

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One good thing millennials have going is physical activity. Recently a lot of people have started going to the gym regularly, before work. A good workout in the morning will increase your energy levels. We have many programs with early morning classes, starting from Kai’s Bootcamp to Aquatic Aerobics.

  1. Build the right relationship with the right people

In a place that is as small as Male’, it is most likely that everyone knows everyone or someone who knows everyone. You may not know someone in particular, however, that does not mean that the person might not know you. With that in mind, it is crucial that you maintain a good reputation and build links with people. Recommendations do not always come in formal writing – word of mouth will more often suffice. Keep in contact with people who can get you acquainted with professionals. You may have a stellar resume, but if your interview does not know of you prior to the interview at all, you may have very slim chances of getting the job position.

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  1. Go out of your comfort zone

It would not only be bold but also adventurous to spend your vacation time having experiences you normally would not consider. Nowadays a lot of Gen Y have been going sky diving in Australia. Many local industries have begun catering travel packages specifically for Generation Y. The packages include mainly adventure activities such as river rafting and trekking. The idea is that it would mould you into taking risks professionally.

Very recently, Allied Insurance has rebranded their traveler’s insurance scheme with Millennials in mind. Their travel insurance only covered business travellers before, however, they have included leisure travellers in their recently rebranded traveler’s insurance.

  1. Invest in your personal wellness

Personal wellness goes beyond physical activities. What you put in your body greatly impacts your physical wellbeing, as well as your mental wellbeing. Don’t refrain yourself from spending on your grocery list as long as it includes food for the soul.

Try to take some time out from your schedule and get a massage every once in awhile. A professional masseuse will be able to release all the tension and stress that has been building up in your body muscles and you will feel revitalised. If you do not have the means to get yourself a massage every month, make it a habit to talk a walk somewhere that is away from the pollution of the city. Fresh air might just be what you needed all along. If you take a walk at around 6 am, you will find a lot of older folks.

  1. Embrace the learning curve

Do not get discouraged by the learning curve and your failures. College does not prepare you for the real world. Each experience will teach you a valuable lesson in your professional growth. Embrace this chapter and gain as much knowledge as you can. Take part in seminars and forums that would benefit your career path.

More and more companies are hosting such seminars. Even employers believe that it is vital to teach their staff, and themselves about the changes involving the industry and to stay ahead of it rather than lack behind.

  1. Stop carelessly spending your pay cheque on coffees and start investing instead
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As you begin to earn more, you subconsciously begin to spend more. Control your impulsive urges. Set a budget to everything you do and put in to your savings account every month. You do not know when a rainy day will arise and you will need to have emergency funds for that day.

Ask yourself where you want to be financially in 10 or 20 years. Aim to get that. Minimise unnecessary spending, especially on coffee. With the rise in the third wave coffee culture, Gen Y has been targeted by these coffee artisans. Likewise, Gen Y has been taking notes of the culture and been investing in it. A result of it would be the increase in coffee places operated by Millennial, for Millennial.

  1. Enjoy the present, but work hard to ensure you can enjoy the future

More often than not, we cannot find the right balance between our professional lives and personal lives. While some may argue that you have this one life and it is to be lived enjoying as much as you possibly can, you have to also work hard to ensure that you have a secure future. People struggle in finding this balance and find themselves paying thousands in rent every month, struggling to save enough for a decent vacation.

Work hard now so that you can enjoy your life’s work later on in life. Make sure that you don’t give yourself the opportunity to look back at your life and wish you had done things differently.

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