I’ve provided my own thoughts on Millennials and work, and solicited those of my Generation Y colleagues. Ours aren’t the only opinions that matter, though: our managers’ thoughts on how we work are hugely important.
With that in mind, I polled my older colleagues on their own experiences, referring them to this Forbes article contributed by Docstoc founder Jason Nazar. Nazar lists 20 career best practices that most twentysomethings ignore; I asked my coworkers to name the one that was most impactful in their careers.
The answers, I believe, can help us Millennials frame our own career choices in a way that will provide a durable foundation for success.
Anita Richards (senior director, customer marketing): People Matter More Than Perks
“Make a conscious bet on the folks you’re going to work for and your commitment to them will pay off much more than fluffy perks,” Nazar writes.
John Forrester (senior director, web/creative/social): Time Is Not a Limitless Commodity
“Make the most of the opportunities you have today,” Nazar says, “because there will be a time when you have no more of it.”
Erich Ziegler (vice president, channel marketing): You Should Be Getting Your Butt Kicked
“Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ would be the most valuable boss you could possibly have,” Nazar argues.
Alex Sergiyenko (senior business partner, HR): People Matter More Than Perks
Alex’s pick echoed Anita’s – so perhaps this particular piece of advice is the one worth taking away. Perks “all matter, but not as much as the character of your founders and managers,” Nazar notes. “Great leaders will mentor you and will be a loyal source of employment long after you’ve left.”
Alex also liked Social Media is Not a Career – should I be worried that our HR director thinks social media isn’t a viable career path? Well, the world always needs more ditch-diggers.
Originally published Sep 18, 2013, updated Sep 20, 2021