I was one of the lucky few.
The Monday after I graduated from college in May 2013, I went straight into my full-time job as an editor for a startup. There were no months of job hunting, following up on ignored applications, or scrounging to make a living. I seamlessly started my new job, got married, and began my adult life.
But a little more than a year later, in the summer of 2014, I found myself jobless. The startup had suddenly run short on funds, putting me out of a paycheck. Worse yet, it felt like everything I had worked so hard for that past year had been for nothing. I had failed.
In my heart, I knew God was calling me out of my old position and into a new one. And I don’t say that lightly—I say it because in the week before I found out I’d likely lose my job, I had such an inexplicable foreboding feeling, like something was terribly wrong, that it was almost a relief when I discovered why.
It had to be because I was meant to move on. God just has somewhere else he wants me to be, I told myself. Why else would he take away my job at the exact moment I started having a terrible feeling about it?
As I joined the ranks of unemployed 20somethings, I couldn’t help but wonder, What does God have in mind for me now?
It’s a question that weighs heavily on many Millennials like myself, those of us who are brimming with passion to pursue that divine calling—but unsure of exactly how to find it in a dismal job market. Unlike generations before us, we’re driven primarily by passion. Our highest career priority is finding a job we’re passionate about, not financial reward, according to a recent Barna Group study.1