Young and powerful: Grooming millennials for success

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There’s no stopping the millennial generation. As they come of age, it seems that they are ready to do good work. However, studies also show that millennials tend to jump from one job to another, making them less experienced at handling a particular task. Instead of dismissing their lack of expertise and focus, those who have been in the industry for years should accept how this generation is wired and train them so they can find what they’re truly good at.

Grooming millennials for success involves getting on board with how they operate. Though this might intimidate baby boomer and Generation X managers, acknowledging their technological and social media skills might actually be helpful for a business especially in this age of high-speed connections. Since they grew up with access to information via the internet, they tend to acquire many skills but lack one where they can consider themselves experts. Leaders and mentors might be of help in identifying where they excel. Once they have chosen their direction, it would be easier for them to work long-term.

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Another way to groom these young professionals for success is through immersion. Doing something is different from reading about it or watching other people perform a task. For a skill to be truly a part of a person’s system, they have to try and fail a couple of times. There’s still no substitute for hands-on training.

The millennial workforce is young and powerful. If they don’t learn how to use their capabilities in their careers, it won’t give them long-term benefits. Those who have spent longer years in the workplace need to be patient with these young professionals. There might be differences in values and practices, but investing one’s time and effort to develop next generation talents will be worth it.