Creator of My Own Job Description

As millennials, we don’t show our full work potential with a limited job description. We also don’t show it by climbing the same corporate ladder as everyone else in a company. While there’s comfort in having the same day to day responsibilities, many of us crave opportunity and growth even more. We want to be influential leaders rather than monotonous employees, and we crave being the architect of new ideas; as long as we’re given the creative freedom to.

“If a job lacks growth opportunities and avenues for leadership development, 67% of millennials would leave that position.” -Bridge 

It’s easy for there to be a disconnect between employers of an older generation and the millennials they hire. This disconnect can cause companies to lack growth and be full of miserable employees. A lot of times a more mature generation thinks that their perspective on productivity is better than the next generation. Millennials don’t understand how a lot of baby boomers could be successful with having one job their entire lives, and baby boomers don’t always understand how millennials can be so productive on their phone all the time. The truth is, productivity has evolved and it needs to be understood better in the workplace. When an employer holds a narrow perspective on societal growth, they miss out on ways their company can grow.

I’m lucky enough to have a job with a fairly new company, which has allowed me to try different roles and responsibilities. I’m also lucky enough to have a team who understands the dynamics of a new generation. Having the opportunity to learn different aspects of the music industry while essentially designing my own job position has been the biggest factor in my professional growth. I’m able to take my talents and interests and turn them into a role that doesn’t even exist yet. I don’t take it for granted, but I do think more employers should be hiring people who will bring something unique to their company. It’ll benefit everyone.

One big thing I’ve learned is that in order to create a unique career path, you have to stay open minded and put yourself out there. For the first few months I was in Nashville, I kept my guard up and let my fears get in the way of some great opportunities. I said things like, “I’m never going to have a steady job or weekends off in music. I’ll be working shows and events every weekend.” When I really started exploring my options though, I learned that the opposite was true; not to mention the music industry is thriving every day in Nashville. A lot of negative self talk is just fear that can block you from a unique path. One that has potential to make a company better as a whole.

I didn’t get hired because I could only do a few specific things or, on the flipside of that, because I had tons of experience in the music industry. I mean, I had just graduated college and had a small amount of experience through short internships. During my first interview with Jammber, I couldn’t confidently tell them what the definition of metadata was, but I did show them how much I love to learn and grow, and that I’m extremely passionate about music and serving others. I believed in their mission of helping bring accurate credit and money to light in music. My boss new what to look for in the next generation of people that would be joining the team.

The more freedom my team has given me, with an appropriate amount of direction of course, the more I’ve grown and the better employee I’ve become. My advice to those seeking out a unique career path would be to find what you love to do and speak up with new ideas that’ll move the company forward.

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