What Older Workers Can Learn From Millennials
Find out what experts say the younger generation can teach older employees about the working world.Playlist
If you were born after 1981, you get a bad rap in the working world because so-called “millennial” workers are perceived as “entitled” and “uncommitted” to hard work. But in today’s economy, many experts now say that older workers can learn a lot from younger millennials! Here are some examples:
- Expect to switch careers. Because unlike in previous generations, stable jobs are no longer guaranteed. In fact, today the average person will have more than 10 jobs – in at least five different careers – in their lifetime! Millennials have that flexible mindset, so they’re prepared to change jobs at any moment.
- Focus on the experience, not the job. Surveys show that millennials have zero interest in sticking with one job and desperately trying to climb the ladder. Most say they’d rather have many different jobs, so they can gain more work experiences. Why? Because millennials know that today’s employers value skills more than loyalty. So, younger workers are willing to work diverse jobs – or take a bunch of classes – so they can develop more skills, and make themselves as hire-able as possible.
- Millennials want to make a difference with their careers – not just make money. Surveys show that millennials want to work for companies that serve society in some way. And while that’s not always an option, workplace expert Neil Howe says millennials are generally optimistic, and they believe they’ll eventually find the job they’re looking for. And if not, 75% of millennials say they’re prepared to work for themselves someday!