Millennials and the workplace culture revolution

Millennials are reinventing culture in the workplace. It might be time to give the much-maligned Millennials a break, considering the strengths and value they bring to workplace culture.

Whether we’re ready or not, Millennials are the future of business. With record numbers of college students graduating each year and the impending retirement of the Baby Boomers, it’s only a matter of time before the Millennials lead the workforce.

Yet the culture clash seems to be a bit hostile at the moment, since Millennials are often described — among other things — as needy, lacking focus, and unable to fully commit to the organizations looking to recruit, hire and train them.

Despite their bad rap among their predecessors, Millennials bring far more to the table than just a Twitter page and a Facebook account (however, those can prove helpful, too.) They’re bringing new skill-sets, innovative ideas and fresh approaches to thinking and working.

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The root of a STEM career: Why I decided to become an engineer

Future Engineer Scholarship Winner_Chandler BurkeSome might say I was destined to become an engineer, or that engineering is “in my blood.” It just so happens that I come from a family of engineers: my father, grandfather, uncle and cousin are all engineers, with specializations ranging from mechanical to electrical to aerospace. Having so many engineers in the family undoubtedly gave me a candid perspective on the field, and at times made me feel like an unintentional apprentice. While I’m certain that my familiarity with the profession had some influence on my decision to become an engineer myself, I do not think it is the only – or even the most significant – contributing factor to my career choice. In fact, I can trace my scientific journey back to elementary school, and specifically, two distinct mentors from that era.
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The one thing you must do at every job interview

Top 5 things your human resources department wants you to knowThere are countless rules and tips about what to do and what not to do during a job interview. If there’s one critical thing that every job seeker must do to stand out and to be taken seriously, it is simply ask questions. When you don’t come prepared with thoughtful questions, it says a few things, including: 1) you are underprepared, 2) you aren’t excited about the job or the company, and 3) you’re not visualizing your day-to-day role within the company.

Here’s how to craft questions that will impress your future employer.

Long-term goals

Learn more about the long-term goals for the role you’re interviewing for. Questions like, “what are 2-3 major accomplishments that you’d like to see come out of this role in the next six months?” show that you are aiming to make an impact and hold yourself to a high standard.

Company Culture

Ask your interviewer to describe the company culture and values. By expressing an interest in the heart of the company and going deeper than day-to-day tasks and items that only impact your role, show that you can think big picture – and prove that you care about the company itself. Asking an interviewer about company values demonstrates an important level of maturity and consideration. Moreover, if you are truly seeking a perfect job match, you can learn a lot by asking this question.
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The benefits of a liberal arts degree

463246905reTOne misconception about liberal arts degrees is that they don’t translate into jobs after college. On one hand, it’s true that a liberal arts degree means you won’t know the exact profession you’ll look for or accept after graduation. On the other hand, having a more broad skill set is a huge advantage in many cases. In today’s job market especially, a liberal arts background can translate into many opportunities that one may have overlooked otherwise.

Without a specialized occupational degree like accounting or engineering, graduates are able to look into top hiring industries rather than wait for a position in the industry that pertains to their degree. Job seekers who are willing to be open-minded and have patience while navigating the job market without a set plan will likely be rewarded with a variety of opportunities and the ability to craft a long-term career in any number of fields.

The annual Emory Career Center survey of liberal arts majors found that “85 percent [of the graduating class] had definite plans in place before graduation.” The same study reports that employers appreciate liberal arts backgrounds for a variety of reasons; “They can think critically…They have a well-rounded background…They’re analytical, well-spoken,” says Justin Leemis of Triage Consulting group.

Employability of a liberal arts grad

A liberal arts degree may not guarantee every liberal arts job seeker employment right out of college, but it will continue to bolster your career trajectory in the long-run, often making you a more desirable candidate for promotions or other opportunities, thanks to certain traits that are cultivated within a liberal arts education, including strong communication skills, reading comprehension, cultural understanding, and analytical abilities. These traits are undeniably valuable for any career path. The ability to process and synthesize complex information – one of the key skill sets of most liberal arts majors – is something that can be difficult to come by in today’s market.
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Empowering millennials: The age of the intern

Girl at deskBorn 1980-2000, millennials (also known as Generation Y) are by far the most technologically savvy, mobile and free-spirited generation thus far. With a college diploma in one hand and an iPhone in the other, they’re ready to dive headfirst into the workforce. However, eagerness and education aren’t enough to compete these days, and this generation faces an uncomfortable unemployment rate of 12-14.5 percent.

While graduating from college is supposed to be a huge weight off of your shoulders, many grads are faced with even more stress and financial troubles than they were in college. Not to mention the fact that most days are spent applying for jobs and hearing nothing back.

In our recent Way to Work survey, we learned that seven in ten (69 percent) Americans aged 18-24 believe it’s harder to find a job now compared to previous generations, but in reality it’s not taking them very long to land one.
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When preparing for a job search is like a video game

GraduationSome people think life is like a video game: You move through the levels while collecting your points, weapons, and whatever you’ll need for the next level. Then you repeat the process as you move through the game. Others feel like the school years are just prep time for the first level of that game, which starts when you enter the workforce after graduation.

College students preparing for their job search after graduation start feeling like the game is getting pretty intense. The months before graduation are so full of finals and wrapping up loose ends that the next level, entry into the workforce, gets put off.

But just like those games where you wander past objects and find out later that you should have picked them up, there are things you need to collect before you get out of school.

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