Unless you are living in a cocoon, you’ll probably have young people somewhere in your world. You might be a parent, grandparent, an employer or you work with one or more. Or you are a Millennial yourself – born in the last decade of the 20th century.
Do Millennials really see themselves as the ‘entitled’ generation or is their way of approaching work a result of the world they find themselves in? Rebecca Caroe of Creative Agency Secrets believes it’s the latter. For example, did you know that 37% of people under 30 are self-employed, many because they can’t find work or don’t want to do the work on offer? She has a policy of hiring young inexperienced marketing graduates as interns and training them up to begin full-time work (if that’s their choice). She sees this as a form of social entrepreneurship – a form of giving back and/or paying it forward.
Rebecca shares an abundance of practical strategies for young ones preparing for or seeking their first jobs, the employers considering hiring them and even for the institutions who teach them.
- What do employers need to look for
- How to motivate the young ones
- How to treat them with fairness
- How to work with them in flexible and effective ways
- What Millennials can do to prepare for work opportunities
If we can have sufficient flexibility to tap into the initiative and creativity of this generation of digital natives we have a fabulous opportunity to enhance our companies and our lives, let alone support the people who will one day be running our world.