Today's post comes from Dan Coates, President of Ypulse. As President of a youth market research company and father of two Millennials, Dan has plenty of experience with this generation. Below, he gives his perspective on what Millennials are really like to work with and gives them some advice to help guide their way.
MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKPLACE
No matter what generation you belong to, you'll never forget your first job. That time when there is nothing but potential and possibilities. You're young, energetic, determined and the simple fact is that, at this early juncture, hopes outnumber disappointments. Freshly minted. Bright eyed.
While we X'ers and Boomers like to tease, the fact of the matter is that we're all jealous as hell. While experience is merely a by-product of age, youth is fleeting and those of us that let it slip away unnoticed realize that we're never getting it back. Less than a quarter of our organization is comprised of non-Millennials.
We X'ers would love to tell you how awful it was when we entered the workplace, but it's hard not to see that, following the great recession, you Millennials have been dealt a pretty dirty hand. Try to think of this as more of a temporary setback than a defining moment.
While I'd strongly recommend Lindsay Pollack's book, Getting from College to Career as great advice on how to get your first job and Neil Howe and Reena Nadler's Millennials in the Workplace as a primer for where your generation fits in, here's some inter-generational advice as to what to consider once you've gotten in the door:
1. It's Not About You: I know, I know. You're really focused on you right now. Totally understandable. You've spent years learning and studying. You want to flex those muscles. You have student…