Ever since millennials started jobs in the working world as we know it today, there have been stereotypes, assumptions, and judgment around this ever-elusive generation. As time has passed and millennials have made up more of the workforce, Gen Z has followed closely behind, facing many of the same challenges that millennials do.
In 2015, I saw my peers and other young adults struggling to overcome the career obstacles that existed in a recession recovery job market and launched Optimistic Millennial as a resource to help propel you to your next job, promotion, or career victory. On the flip side, because no employer-employee relationship is one sided, Optimistic Millennial also serves employers and corporations looking to understand and equip their youngest staff to further their cause.
When I graduated from college in 2011, jobs weren’t as available as I expected. I did end up landing a full-time job, but it was in the IT industry, even though I had gone to school for marketing. Since that time, I have amassed nearly a decade of experience mastering the industry.
Over that time frame, I have had six jobs, climbed ranks, negotiated salaries and benefits, job hopped, and established a rapport with individuals top to bottom in my organization and in others. It took years to learn these skills and this blog is designed to give you those hard-learned lessons without the pain and work behind them.
In May of 2016, I became a contributor for Forbes, advising on career topics around the evolving way we work today. You can find all of my Forbes articles here.
I’ve spent the last few years working to understand common trends among generations in the workplace and solutions that can help bridge the divide between different aged employees. I analyze trends and reports that give us insights into what’s wrong with young employees (and older ones too), then offer realistic and practical solutions to workplace challenges.
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