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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Katherine

Karen, what a fabulous post. I have a few reactions to this.

1) I bet you a dollar that your impressive Millenial friend will enounter challenges and setbacks in her career that will send her into a spiral of self-doubt to rival your own. Everybody does! It's just that you're seeing her on the upswing, so she looks so shiny and confident.

2) Ironically, I just finished writing an article about the workforce of the future that touches on the Boomer/GenX/Millenial divide http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Issues/The-Economy/2010/08/26/Are-We-Headed-for-a-Labor-Shortage.aspx One of the common themes I heard was employers complaining about Millenials not being able to write and also showing up for interviews in flip-flops, asking how many vacation days they'd get. So I think as long as we are strong writers, there will be work for us. (And right now, there are the largest number of unemployed college students that there ever have been -- so clearly the Millenials aren't doing everything right. Although I'm sure the worst recession since the 1930s doesn't help.)

3) As a 30-something, I do find that I am getting work over 50-somethings who clearly have more experience than I do. Some of this may be a bias for youth, but I believe it's also because I'm more efficient at using all the technology tools, and more self-confident and aggressive about marketing myself. I'm certainly resolved to keep pace with the workplace changes -- from technology to appropriate office footwear -- so that I don't become outdated and unemployable.

4) Ultimately, work is about people skills. You get work from employers because the hiring manager thinks you'd be tolerable in the cubicle down the hall. In 15-20 years, the people in charge are going to be the Millenials. So stay on good terms with that young friend of yours! She might give you a job some day. :)

Stacy

Karen,

Another amazing post that captures my own ruminations. As someone who had her kids later in life than you did, I'll be in the second half of my fifties when my oldest goes off to college. Although I do feel that I'm keeping current at work, it does make me wonder about what the future holds as I age. Although I'm glad about Kakki's point about strong writers - I do think there are some skills that won't go out of style even if they evolve.

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