Millennials are next in line to be our leaders and they are beginning to step up to the plate and claim their roles.
A recent survey by Beyond shows that 74 percent of Millennials want to be in executive leadership roles. With a smaller pool of Generation X candidates and more Baby Boomers retiring, Millennials are poised to move up the ladder.
Millennials are perceived as ambitious, hard workers, but theylack job loyalty. They do not reject the corporate world, but they will seek other options, such as starting their own company, if they can’t find workplaces that accommodate their own values. Millennials are confident in their abilities, striving for career success and will not tolerate unpleasant workplaces that do not allow them to be their authentic selves. On the flip side, they are dedicated to those companies that allow them to stay true to their own values.
It’s true that Millennials are motivated by careers that make a positive difference in the world and keep them inspired.It has become less about compensation and more about their purpose in the company.
Here’s what to look out for when interviewing with a company:
Am I part of the solution? Millennials place importance on personal goals, how their work is relevant and how it fits into the organization as a whole. When interviewing, be transparent about your goals, and how they are aligned within the organization.
Social responsibility. Millennials place great importance on social causes. Research whether the company contributes to causes and how it relates to the wider world. Does the company’s concern with social responsibility match your own values?
Moving up the tracks. Training is important in order to move up the ladder. However, Millennials aren’t looking for traditional “chalk board” learning. They want to be more engaged and interactive. Ask about mentoring programs and how technology is involved in training.
Flex time. Millennial job seekers are looking for companies that have flexibility. Most companies incorporate flex time as part of the corporate culture. Employees can set their own schedules as long as they complete their work.
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So, if you’re a Millennial, you are the future of the workforce and now is the time to move forward and find the right organization that matches your core values.