BALTIMORE, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As a Millennial himself, local Realtor Steve DeRita is not deaf to the chorus of reductive, accusatory articles painting his generation as entitled, confused or self-absorbed. However, where others see entitlement, he sees empowerment. Having control over his present and a vision for his future is what has motivated all of DeRita's career moves – moves that have today culminated in a strong sense of balance and fulfillment.
"I've held 15 jobs in 15 years. I realized early that if you don't look forward to starting work each day, then the job simply isn't for you," mused DeRita. "Being a realtor has made it possible for me to help people, help my community and focus on what matters in my life."
The standard model for previous generations was to find a decent job and stick with it until retirement. DeRita explains how his generation has pivoted away from that path: "The Millennial outlook is a bit different, as more focus is placed on finding a career that meets their passions, dreams and allows them to be honest with themselves. Young people are pursuing careers that fit their personalities, rather than thinking so much about their salary."
As a Realtor, DeRita believes he has now found the career that enables him to be successful the right way and is more than simply a "job." Countless invitations to weddings and parties to share in his clients' most memorable moments are a testament to that success. Other members of his generational cohort are following similar trajectories and reshaping the "world of work" in ways both subtle and profound.
PwC's heralded survey, "Millennials at Work," highlights the role that choice and freedom play in many young people's professional aspirations. From setting one's own schedule to taking advantage of meaningful training opportunities, Millennials want to be empowered and inspired – a far cry from mainstream media stereotypes.
The common (mis)perception in the media is that Millennials are self-absorbed, yet little empirical evidence can be summoned to support this position. "It's a time-worn cliché, but older generations always find fault with younger ones, when in fact we're not much different. We all want what's best for ourselves, our families and our communities."
According to the Heartland Monitor poll, making a difference in the world is among the top priorities for young people just entering the workforce. Likewise, being one's own boss is more important to younger than it was for their parents – hence the stunning rise in entrepreneurship and the startup economy, hardly examples of a disengaged generation.
"I think what Millennials want out of work is more or less the same thing every generation has wanted. Poor economies and scarcity of jobs have kept earlier generations trapped in careers that were secure and not what they truly wanted; we embrace the unknown and follow our hearts."
He adds: "My work today doesn't feel like work – a sure sign it's what I'm meant to do."
Steve DeRita is a Licensed Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeSale Realty in the state of Maryland. He can be reached on his cell at (443) 250-8585, office at (410) 583-0400, or via email.
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