Kick-start your career! Five habits Millennial workers should start right now
Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 by MSS Team — No comments
With 13.8 million millennials living in the UK, why do employers remain pessimistic about employing them? And what is a Millennial anyway? Between the ages of 20-35 and also known as generation Y, a Millennial is a person born between 1980-2014 and is predominately of working age. They quickly adjust to new tech, have a solid grasp and understanding of the ever-changing culture and economy, and tend to have a more active interest in the latest technological trends than previous generations. Millennials are ethnically diverse, socially networked, creative and optimistic about their future careers. But, in the work place, this group of workers are also branded as, lazy, self-involved and wasteful.
To help kick-start a Millennials career, we've put together our top-five list of things that generation Y workers should start doing right now, and continue to practice in the workplace to finally beat the stigma attached to them.
1) Keep up to date with real news
Keeping up to date with important current affairs and the latest news about your industry will keep you in the know! This by default can shine the light on you as someone within their finger on the pulse, which in turn, could boost your chances of winning promotion! Don't just look at social media feeds or BuzzFeed articles to keep up to date with current affairs, read real, hard-hitting news. Purchase an online subscription to your favourite newspaper, or buy a hard copy. Social feeds are full of fake news - it's important that you're kept up to date with the most recent current affairs, not just videos of cute animals and celebrity headlines.
2) Get organised
Download an online calendar, an organiser, or buy an actually diary to organise your working day and work-related projects. It’s also best not to download a calendar to your phone, as you could end up losing it, along with all of your plans. Manage your time accordingly and ensure you're aware of your working priorities for that day. Take into account any deadlines and make a solid plan of what work has to be completed by what time. The more engaged you get with your role, the more responsibility you will receive - so organisation is key.
3) Break up with your phone
Millennials are known for being glued to their mobile devices. A break from your beloved device when in the office isn't only polite, but it's practical too. Not only does it improve social and working relationships, it has also found to make us feel happier. It's a great idea to implement a routine with your phone, one that doesn't distract or interfere with your work.
4) Don't stress
Millennials are known for their softly, softly, catchee monkey approach, and will make up half the global workforce by 2050. But they are also more than capable of feeling stressed in the workplace. Stress management will become invaluable as you learn new skills and progress into your chosen career. A relaxed, hardworking, organised Millennial in the work place is a happy Millennial.
5) Continue the ethos of a good work life balance
Millennials have an overriding ethos that underpins their attitude to the work place - a healthy work/life balance. This could be, and has resulted in, the perception of Millennials as 'being lazy.' Not feeling overworked and burnt out at the end of any working day has led to Millennials feeling happier in their place of work, they balance this ethos in conjunction with the needs of the business. Just ensure you're completing all work to a high-quality standard, and are meeting deadlines.
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