As a newbie, you are excited, nervous and eager to please. Everything is possible. Everyone is nice and good. Then fate takes over. Seniors, colleagues, clients and culture shape your outlook. If you’re lucky, you learn to become a good employee and grow. Bad boss or company?
You have to choose - become one of them or stand up and swim against the tide. But whatever it is, you become a bit more cynical. You learn that life is not fair and nobody owes you a living. In your late 20s to mid-30s, your hard work pays off. A subject matter expert, money starts coming in. But for those who were not serious earlier, or those who did not manage to get out of a bad working environment, you languish. Your career has hardly advanced.
In your late 30s to mid-40s, you get restless. Is this all that life offers? You want to try new things but you are held back by doubts and financial obligations. Some will make the jump – unfortunately, those who fail in the new venture find it difficult to get back to employment, doing contract or freelance work instead. Some will be too scared to jump and remain, getting richer but more unhappy or resigned to their lot. The rest retire happily, enjoying the fruits of their labour.