10 TED Talks for 20-Somethings Searching for a Job They Love

Featuring motivational speeches from some of the most brilliant minds in the world, TED Talks cover every topic under the sun in an easy-to-understand and inspiring way. So if you are looking for an epic pep talk… Want to be inspired to take the leap toward your dream job, there’s no better way to get energized than to watch an inspiring TED Talk! I have chosen ten must-watch TED Talks filled with unconventional and entertaining ways to tackle one of a twenty-something’s biggest challenges: finding a job you love.

“How to Find Work You Love” by Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore tragically passed away in September 2015, but his legend lives on in this inspirational and entertaining TED Talk. After doing all the right things after graduating, Scott realised he hated his job. so he quit. Instead, he set out in search of how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it. With just three steps- you can transform your career.

“Why 30 is Not the New 20” by Meg Jay

Dr. Meg Jay rings the alarm for twenty-somethings in America telling them to stop wasting time. Our twenties are a time when the things we do–and the things we don’t do–will have an enormous effect. Here’s how you can start living your life to the fullest right now.

“Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career” by Larry Smith

What excuses have you given for why you did not follow your dreams? Economist Larry Smith pulls no punches as he discusses the difference between interests and passions—and why people are too lazy and too terrified to follow their dreams.

“The Way We Think About Work is Broken” by Barry Schwartz

What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. Once we are able to identify and understand those intangible values- we become more likely to enjoy work.

“The Power of Vulnerability” by Brené Brown

Everyone can recall a time when they felt vulnerable. Was it fun? Probably not. Is it a necessary part of growth? Brené Brown thinks so. In this enlightening talk, Brown highlights years worth of research by diving deep into not only the reason why vulnerability exists, but also the role it plays in our ability to form connections and achieve a sense of purpose.

“Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” by Amy Cuddy

This is probably my favorite talk on the whole list. Cuddy talks about a feedback loop in your brain that helps you fake it until you make it. If you’re not feeling confident in a high-stress, evaluative situation (a job interview or client presentation, for example), Cuddy’s motivational speech has some tips to help you transform from an Average Joe into Superman — all within two minutes!

“Go With Your Gut Feeling” by Magnus Walker

The former CEO of the clothing company Hot Topic shows us that detailed life plans may not be the key to success, but rather a hard work ethic and a keen intuition can transform every situation into a rewarding opportunity. The long-haired ex-pat’s biggest takeaway? “Passion goes a long way.”

“How to Make Tough Choices” by Ruth Chang

Using her life experiences as examples, Ruth Chang gives you a new set of tools to make the difficult choices in your life. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

“Being Young and Making an Impact”  by Natalie Warne

At 18, Natalie Warne’s uses her inspiring story to remind us that no one is too young to change the world.

“What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?” by Dan Ariely

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

Which TED Talk is most inspiring to you? Do you have any other favorites for 20-somethings searching for a job they love?

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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