You don’t need to tread in the Toms of a millennial for a week to know they are like any generation and not the homogenous set they’re often reported to be. As a father of three children who could not be more different from one another, I know too well there is no one answer, no one-size-fits-all approach and that the onus is on us, parent or employer, to understand what makes them tick.
This summer, I spent the week with a millennial – my daughter. It was a rare opportunity to unplug and enjoy time with just the two of us chatting, and it reminded me how much young people already know, that learning isn’t one way and that we should all be as curious to ask as many questions as we answer.
For me, people are my priority – at ManpowerGroup we find work for 3.4 million every year, half of whom are millennials, and I’m often asked about the advice I give my own children. While I dare not reveal father-daughter secrets, there are a few shareables that helped us see a potentially uncertain future in a positive light.
Stick or twist? Just have a go and keep your options wide open
Learnability is the path to career security
Ninety-three percent want ongoing skills development and four out of five say the opportunity to learn a new skill is a top factor when considering a new job. Employers would do well to listen up and consider how they create a learning culture that motivates and retains millennials, because what works for them works for the rest of the workforce, too.
Embrace disruption and take advantage of technology
Find out what you care about and try to align it with your work