Millennials been called a lot of things, including confident, connected and open to change. They're an important voting block in the US, but aren't very impressed by government solutions to problems. They like workplace flexibility, but crave in-person collaboration.
So how do you know what members of the Millennial Generation or Generation Y or whatever you want to call people who people who were born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s really want? You might want to ask Lindsey Pollak, a New York City-based nationally recognized expert on millennial workplace issues.
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An ambassador for LinkedIn, a spokesperson for The Hartford, board chair for She's the First, Pollak is also a bestselling author and mom. She authored "Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World" and has another book "Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders" set for publication next month. In addition, Forbes named her workplace advice blog one of the top 75 career-focused websites.
What advice does Pollak have to share? Read on.
Sobel: How did you plan your career to become a millennial workplace expert?
Pollak: I wish I could say I had a plan all along, but the truth is that I started out very uncertain of my career path. All I knew for sure was that I had a strong interest in college about how people choose and develop their careers. It probably came from the fact that my mom was an avid listener of business and self-development tapes in our station wagon when I was a kid.
I worked for about a year after graduating from Yale at WorkingWoman.com. I loved the job because it combined that interest with the excitement and growth curve of working at a start-up. After that, I worked part-time for a women's business organization while starting my own business as a researcher, writer and speaker helping young professionals build their careers. I grew that for many years and then, when I wrote my first book, my platform expanded enough that companies started to request speaking and consulting for their your employees.