The buzzword in the press at the moment seems to be ‘millennials,’ but what does this term mean? Well, millennials are those people who were born around the year 2000 and who are therefore just reaching early adulthood now. Why does this term matter to career management consultants in Manchester and the North West you may ask? Well, studies have shown that in the next four years, millennials will make up 40% of the employed population. The problem with this is that there are so many young people applying for entry-level roles, that competition is huge. A retail manager we know of recently advertised a part-time role in her Manchester store and had 300 applications for one job! So, what advice can we give as career management consultants to help millennials to stand out from the crowd?
Focus On Your Technical Skills
Young people nowadays are brought up around tablets and smartphones, so they tend to be technologically savvy from an early age and are therefore great at multi-tasking. This can be an advantage in the job market as you can use your knowledge and skills to quickly adapt to new technologies and applications.
Follow Your Passion
Although it’s an adage, it is still a good one – ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ Anyone who has a job they love will tell you that it takes a lot of the stress and strain out of life. Start by thinking about what you like doing and what makes you happy, regardless of the pay grade. Then consider how these passions and interests could translate into the professional world.
Make Use of Your Vast Social Network
No other generation comes close to the vast social network that millennials have, so why not make use of all your connections? Look at your friends, links, and followers and see if you know of anyone who can help you to get where you want to be. Alternatively, if you like someone’s work, become a fan and see if you can interact with them in some way. Sometimes who you know is as important as what you know.
Think Carefully About Education
It is a sad fact that many people who have taken liberal-art type degrees are now struggling to find jobs. When it comes to the point where you have to decide what you want to study, think strategically. Perhaps consider vocational or technical educations that teach important and translatable life skills that will help you to bridge the gap between work and school.
Take some time to explore your hobbies, and perhaps take a class or two at an adult education centre to show that you are a fully developed person, who is interested in gaining and developing their skills and knowledge.
Get Some Career Advice
Career management consultants like ourselves, are here to answer any questions you might have and guide you along the way to getting the job you want. So, take advantage of our knowledge, we may just give you that piece of advice that will change your life!
For more information on our career management consultancy services, please call us on 0161 300 1214 or email us at lisa@triplethreesolutions