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Making snap decisions can harm your career if you get envious of your friends’ social media posts

Graduate jobs website Milkround has revealed the extent of ‘social media envy’ amongst young jobseekers, and has warned people against making snap decisions about their career as a result.

A staggering 95% of those surveyed said they had at some point been envious of their friends’ careers as a result of something that had been posted on social media.

People reported becoming envious when they saw their friends boasting about what they had done at work, or where they had travelled to with their job, or saw evidence of luxury items that their friends could afford to buy with their high salaries.

The website cautions people against becoming demoralised when comparing their career to that of their friends, and then rushing into a decision to change jobs as a result.

Dr Sarah Parry, Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, explained the problem by saying:

“Career anxiety is likely to come from an initial internal feeling of dissatisfaction, which is then exacerbated by these social media posts. This insecurity is easily transformed into jealously when they see continuous posts of what they perceive is someone who has it ‘all figured out’.”

Francesca Parkison, Head of Marketing at Milkround, added:

“It’s fair to say, students feel a vast amount of pressure to make sure their life choices pay off, in fact almost half of those surveyed felt the strain of making the right decision.

“With an extremely high 95% saying they feel pressure to land the perfect job straight out of university, although half of those surveyed still have no idea what their dream job is.”

There may be a lot to be taken from Ms Parkison’s comments. Not all careers are well-known to the wider public, and many people graduate from university without understanding what many roles involve. Fresh from full-time education, you may not even be aware that certain job roles exist, so if you are a new graduate, talk to your university careers adviser and to a recruitment consultant about what careers might be suitable.

Consider also that anyone you become envious of may not actually be enjoying their job quite as much as they are making out. One of the reasons people are attracted to social media is that it allows them to be selective about what they post, and hence permits people to present themselves to the world as they wish to be seen. You may even be guilty of doing this yourself.

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