In my “Now Trending” series, I curate recently published articles that capture the future of work or embrace the Millennial mindset. Share your favorite articles of the week in a comment!
There Are More 23-Year-Olds Than Any Other Age (and They’re Going to Save the World)
U.S. Census data shows there are 4.3 million 23 year olds in the country, making them the most populous age among us. There are also more people in their 20’s than any other decade age group, making this a tipping point for the U.S. workforce. This Bloomberg Businessweek article reports that all of this is great timing for our economy, as the Millennial generation will help replace the tax revenue and consumer demand we’re about to lose as the Baby Boomers retire. Younger Millennials are starting work in a slightly better economy than older Millennials, and Williams Emmons, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, says he’s “very optimistic” about the 23 year olds about to start their careers. How are you preparing for the Millennial generation to revolutionize your workplace?
Offering another view on Millennials and employment is this data-packed article from Economic Modeling Specialists International. Their research shows the number of workers ages 22 to 34 hasn’t significantly changed since 2007, while the number of jobs for workers aged 55 to 64 has grown by 9 percent. Their interactive map shows exactly where jobs have risen and fallen across the country by generation. Some major trends they’ve seen include young workers taking restaurant jobs while older workers see growth opportunities in health care and mathematics and technology opportunities.
Twitter is one of my “must-have” social networks for news and conversation, and I highly recommend it as a tool for job seekers. This list of 15 job-search experts to follow includes some of the best people who tweet on careers and how to grow yours. Whether you’re new to Twitter or an expert on everything about tweeting, I highly recommend you check out this list for some thought leaders to follow. Thanks to The Muse for including me in this group. I’m honored!
Fast Company published this great list of tips and suggestions for young employees whose careers are on the rise, with ideas for networking, interviewing, skill building and more. Two of my favorites are “adopt a cause you believe in” and “craft the perfect reply to ‘What do you do?’” Volunteering for your favorite organization can both build skills and help you make connections with like-minded people. I’ve loved doing this in my work with She’s the First, so I can vouch for the career-boosting potential of finding your cause. To help you build your network, you should also determine what you’ll say when people ask you what you do. Go beyond your job title and engage someone in conversation about your work.
This article from The Muse encourages hiring managers to bring on that new employee who might be younger and hungrier than you. Why? Most importantly, the new employee will reflect well on you. Her achievements will be your achievements, as you were the person to recruit top talent. In addition, you could benefit from what she can teach you and vice versa. Even if the new recruit is smarter, you can add value by showing him the ropes of the organization and teaching him how business relationships are built. This kind of co-mentoring is just what the workplace needs today.
What content caught your eye this week? Please share in the comments!
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