The WSJ has an article entitled “Welcoming the New Millennials” and speaks of the current generation and the adaptation of MBA programs. However, the article isn’t merely relevant to that niche, and it makes interesting statements that relate to most young adults. Excerpts:
WSJ: What deficiencies do employers see in millennials?
Ms. Atkinson: While millennials bring skills in multitasking, technology and working in teams, they tend to demonstrate less ability in oral and written communications and interpersonal interaction. They also have been socialized since childhood to get constant feedback and are going to look for it in the workplace too. As a result, some employers consider them high maintenance. But if everyone can agree on the terms of the feedback, it could be a superb tool for managing performance.
WSJ: What are some careers that millennials are especially drawn to?
Ms. Atkinson: We see interest in entrepreneurship and management consulting. Starting their own business gives millennials the chance to do something that is personally meaningful. With the safety net provided by parents and the ease of creating technology-based businesses, why not take the chance while you are young with relatively few responsibilities? As for consulting, it allows millennials to work in teams and provides constant stimulation and learning through a stream of project work.
WSJ: I’m surprised that consulting is of so much interest, given the travel and long hours it usually involves. What do you think of the apparent conflict with millennials’ desire for work-life balance?
Ms. Atkinson: As with all human behavior, some contradictions should be expected. Millennials are hungry for experiences — the more, the better. They find the variety in project work attractive because the boredom factor is minimized. I suspect that for stimulating work with lucrative pay, millennials are willing to hammer out intelligent compromises. I am also confident that millennials will challenge the notion of balance in consulting, and because consulting firms want their share of the best and brightest, they will find ways to accommodate their newest generation of employees.