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4 Ways Millennials Are Redefining Careers

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4 Ways Millennials Are Redefining Careers

Millennials, the age group born between the early ’80s and early 2000s, have faced a significant amount of adversity coming into adulthood. While few compare the ongoing struggles to the Depression Era, the future isn’t bright like the ones many of their parents faced after school.

The later stages of Millennials have the distinction of being the first generation raised in a world of constant connectivity, an unaccounted factor in many elders observations of the generation. As they are still maturing into adulthood, the Millennials that grew up in the ’80s and ’90s are now the new wave in the global workforce. As shown by the global recession and looming future of a new kind of outsourcing, options are quite slim for these workers’ career prospects.

The group once labeled “Generation Y” is now picking up names like “Generation Flux,” thanks to the career changes it will face. At other times, the “Boomerang Generation” for the propensity of this group to return home after college, or after the first post-collegiate flight from the nest didn’t pan out.

Some have stated this is due to the generation’s unwillingness to achieve life milestones in a timely fashion, rather choosing to stay safe at home. For starters, this sort of thinking is unfair. Would it be fair to blame the Baby Boomers for the war debts of the previous generation?

The hard working Millennials out there are developing a reputation as hungry workers that value a work-life balance, all while still achieving their goals and dreams for their families and selves. With declining education standards, increased outsourcing, and little to no assurance of work after college, Millennials could very easily become despondent at the thought of their bleak futures.

However, that is not the case for many. Instead, faced with mounting debts and traditional job options in shortage Millennials are taking their future into their own hands. Here are just four of the ways Millennials are creating their futures on their terms.

They’re Becoming Entrepreneurs

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Once the dream for later years, many Millennials are going into business as early as right out of high school. Many skilled chefs are creating treats like beef jerky and specialty ice cream. Others have created craft shops through Etsy and eBay businesses. The options have become endless. One reason many are able to get started much sooner has been due to their tech savviness, a skill unknown to many even of recent generations. Instead of having to gain capital so their company could be have proper advertising, Millennials are harnessing what was once seen as a distraction to their educations: social media.

Who knew that all that time on Facebook and Twitter was preparing a generation of marketing wizards? Partner that knowledge with some Millennials obtaining marketing and business degrees and they were way ahead of the free marketing curve on the Internet.

Furthermore, most Millennials know the struggle of succeeding. That empathy has created a strong support net for many. Once they see that a friend is creating a quality product they begin the most vital marketing campaign on and off social media: word of mouth marketing. Owning a business will always be risky. Yet, more Millennials are willing to take the risk so they can directly see the profits from their hard work.

They’re Civic-Minded And Volunteering

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The once sought after prospect of working abroad now ranks dead last in attractiveness for Millennials. The days of the now highly scrutinized Peace Corps aren’t as ideal as they once were. Don’t let that confuse you, though. This generation is one with civic responsibility in the forefront of their minds.

Remember, this is a generation that will not stop until marriage equality is had by all. More people than ever are championing equality for women in the workplace, and stubborn biases against women and visible minorities are challenged on a daily basis. Beyond this, Millennials have grown up in the war soaked 2000s, their minds formed in large part by the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, subway bombings and countless other senseless attacks. In short, they want a better world for them and their future families.

Beyond just the idea of helping their fellow humans and planet, many are doing this to show their altruism. That altruism can lead to careers in the non-profit sector, or to the founding of a civic-minded organization. Even as the desire to work overseas declines, many of the students that studied overseas are going back out to help when they finish school. While these people may not see the large incomes, they are doing an incredible amount of good for the world they are inheriting.

They’re Freelancing More Than Ever

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The once sought after prospect of working abroad now ranks dead last in attractiveness for Millennials. The days of the now highly scrutinized Peace Corps aren’t as ideal as they once were. Don’t let that confuse you, though. This generation is one with civic responsibility in the forefront of their minds.

Remember, this is a generation that will not stop until marriage equality is had by all. More people than ever are championing equality for women in the workplace, and stubborn biases against women and visible minorities are challenged on a daily basis. Beyond this, Millennials have grown up in the war soaked 2000s, their minds formed in large part by the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, subway bombings and countless other senseless attacks. In short, they want a better world for them and their future families.

Beyond just the idea of helping their fellow humans and planet, many are doing this to show their altruism. That altruism can lead to careers in the non-profit sector, or to the founding of a civic-minded organization. Even as the desire to work overseas declines, many of the students that studied overseas are going back out to help when they finish school. While these people may not see the large incomes, they are doing an incredible amount of good for the world they are inheriting.

They’re Telecommuting As Much As Possible

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For some freelancers, telecommuting is the main job to their side-hustle. However, for many students, new graduates and stay-at-home parents, telecommuting has become an ideal job for their hectic lives. With an open schedule, work is not as stressful when they can handle the daily life hassles in-between job tasks.

Another group benefitting from telecommuting has been those that don’t live in an area conducive to their skill set. Either the option to move to a better area doesn’t appeal to them or they can’t leave at the moment. Whatever the case may be, telecommuting has afforded them the ability to not settle for a career they may have to take.

In the case of students, this can be an ideal trial period for them and the company that can replace the usual unpaid internship. As is the case with freelancing, if an employee is nearby they will sometimes come in to the office as well. Whether it be for work days or just for meetings, this can keep a telecommuter in the company loop and feeling part of the team while being shown the company values their hard work.

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