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I want to be a Millennial...

12 Sep 12:00 by Gail Whipper

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I Want to be a Millennial…

I sat down with my son last night and decided to reach out and give him my worldly advice on  improving his life and career blah blah blah. What I really got was the shock of realising he had it all worked out and a plan in place that actually made a lot of sense.  Wow! This is the same person who has no idea of how a household operates, can never remember to take out the garbage or turn off a light and emptying the dishwasher is way beyond his capabilities! And so I decided to research this phenomenal millennial impostor and came up with a few facts that fully resonate in my over blown Baby Boomer Brain

Millennials are  22-37 years old and 50% of the world’s population is under 30 years old.   My son is 26 years old, degree qualified, sports mad, opinionated, untidy and loves a good crumbed cutlet . But I digress…

  1. They want to make an impact on the world

They are driven by passion and need to feel it in their role. It’s a quality closely related to personal happiness and affects their overall work output and productivity. Millennials are dedicated to living a full life and not afraid to let their passion guide their decisions. They seek the right fit for who they are and what they want to do with their time in work and in life.  

  1. They prioritize meaning over money

They value making an impact on the world even more than providing for their families. For the first time in 100 years young people are prioritizing passion over money and other benefits when it comes to work. Work is more than a paycheck. Having said that they do want to be wealthy but they’re not willing to do anything to get there. Money needs to flow from meaning (and very close family members – ooops!).

  1. They embrace diversity

Millennials work incredibly well with just about anyone. Their generation embraces connecting with people from different cultures. They are not affected by your family name or school you went to. They don’t care if you grew up on the wrong side of the tracks . Millennials value creativity  and community over exclusivity and status.  To be working in a team to get the best possible results – that’s their attitude

With my  mini research done it got me thinking; are we so different to the millennials? As a fully fledged Boomer we saw our destiny as getting a job and keeping it for 30 years, buying a house and having dinner on the table at 6 o’clock every night. How things have changed and I know I have and thank goodness for that. Let’s embrace our wonderful millennials with their purpose and passion, creating communities with a conscience and making a positive impact on the world.