As the saying goes, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” However, it is fair to say that achieving career fulfillment is easier said than done.
Many of us have spent time grinding away in tedious, unstimulating roles in order to simply make ends meet, with such experiences often leaving us wondering whether we will ever have the chance to get paid for doing something we love.
However, a growing number of millennials are able to do just that, as many discover ways to make use of everyday skills through entrepreneurship and within the workforce at large.
Tech savvy millennials are reshaping business
Millennials have often taken the lead in their adoption and use of technology, and this largely holds true today. A good example of this is their use of inherent social media and technological skills. Having grown up surrounded by technology and the rise of the internet, those born in the 1980s to the mid-1990s possess a solid understanding of social media concepts as it is a core part of their daily lives.
According to Globalwebindex research, millennials spend nearly three hours a day on social media, and younger generations possess, on average, nine accounts. Simply put, they know their way around digital platforms. This is expertise that startups and small businesses can tap into as they look to launch an app or plan a digital marketing campaign.
Perhaps what’s most fascinating is how millennials are taking advantage of their technological know-how to provide services that leverage their expertise in a way that suits their lifestyle aspirations.
As Lottoland outlines, those who aspire to become digital nomads can utilize their skills to create value in their respective industries and eventually “live like you won the jackpot” as they work from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection and a laptop. Many digital nomads run online businesses and provide in-demand services while traveling the world. According to a study by MBO Partners, 4.8 million people in the US alone already pursue this lifestyle on a full or part-time basis.
Positive attitudes and fresh outlooks are in high demand
It is not only practical skills and knowledge that millennials bring to the workplace. Some experts feel their attitudes and outlooks can boost business, too.
Forbes contributor and Evercoach co-founder Ajit Nawalkha says millennials are changing the way we work for the better, and that prevailing stereotypes such as “They’re rude. Impatient. Selfish.” are misguided. She argues “that millennials simply want more for themselves, and what’s more is that they’re not afraid to ask for what they want.”
As a whole, they are passionately supportive of the causes they advocate and inclusive supporters of diversity. Meanwhile, millennials tend to lead in areas where other generations have struggled. In fact, “They’re the generation with the least number of challenges around connecting with people from different cultures.”
It may be a sign of the times, but they may also face fewer diversity challenges in comparison to their predecessors. “Millennials value creativity and community over exclusivity and status. They’re all about working as a team to create the best possible results, and they’re happy to work with anyone who can get the job done,” Nawalkha adds.
The impact of millennials in the workforce is undeniable
When we speak of millennials, a host of ideas and assumptions often come to mind. However, millennials are shown to have a straightforward, positive impact on businesses and the workforce at large; often simply by calling on the skills and mentalities, they have developed personally. Millennials, unquestionably, represent a diverse talent resource that organizations should tap into.