Predictions on the Future of Gen Y:
Here are three predictions:
1. We will expand and lengthen the definition of “entry-level.”
Because Gen Ys are extending the onset of adulthood into the mid-twenties or even age 30, I think companies will follow suit. I believe we will see expanded internship programs (perhaps lasting several years beyond college), more alumni career resources being offered by universities and longer rotational programs — perhaps moving from two years to three or four.
2. Titles and career paths will become more customizable.
According to MTV’s 2010 Millennial Edge survey, 81 percent of Millennials agree with the statement, “I am always expressing myself in different ways.” We’ve already seen this attitude in the workplace with Gen Ys seeking careers they are passionate about and not hesitating to leave jobs that don’t feel fulfilling. Over the next decade, I predict that companies will respond with more customizable titles, rotational programs, work schedules and other opportunities for employees to express themselves at work.
3. “Standard” business communication will evolve.
We’ve already seen business become much more casual. When was the last time you called a colleague or client “Mr.” or “Ms.” or wrote a formal business letter? While I firmly believe that good grammar and face-to-face interaction should never go away, it’s clear we are headed for more text message speak (“LOL” was just added to the Oxford English Dictionary, after all) and more virtual communication. Because human interaction is still incredibly important, my belief is that the technology will improve so that even virtual communications feel personal, such as better video chatting software and meeting technology such as Cisco telepresence.
What predictions do you have for the way Gen Y will affect the workplace? Please share!
(by L. Pollack/ThinPinkLine)