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Ask Rebecca: Should Millennials Just Suck it Up and Be Happy?

January 26, 2010

Given the economy, shouldn’t we all just be grateful to be employed even if we don’t exactly love our jobs? Generational guru Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting answers this question fresh from the Winning is Everything Conference in Las Vegas.


Rebecca, now that the economy has softened and a lot of employees at my firm have been sacked, have Millennials gotten the message that they should just be happy to have their jobs?

Signed, A frustrated Gen X partner, Las Vegas, Nev.


Dear FXS,

Yes, I think that Millennials (b. 1982-2001) have a sense that the days of generous signing bonuses and endless office pizza have ended. But  while you’ve been focusing on keeping the lights on, Millennials have been amassing additional accounting experience which will put them in that ripe-for-the-picking “three to five years of experience” range. Deloitte is predicting a “resume tsunami” when the economy brightens, and although the red carpet will likely stay in storage for awhile, do yourself a favor and sit down mano-a-mano with all of your high potential Millennials and ask them what their career goals are, and devise a plan that will keep them adding value to your bottom line in 2010 and beyond.

Check back on Thursday for more Ask Rebecca!

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