Over the past two years, I have learned more by spending time with hundreds of Gen Ys than I have learned in a long time.Â These young men and women are bright, tech savvy, worldly, civic minded and quite resourceful.Â They have hutzpah!Â Before you decide to dismiss a twenty-something point of view or their talent, think twice.Â Get to know them, and you may just find that you will learn something quite valuable…that age means nothing when it comes to wisdom.
If you want to be inspired by 100 Generation Y leaders, check out
I will be the first to admit that I am somewhat of a book junkie…I read every day, and I am totally in love with the one-click settings at
But…the reality is that most of the books on my bookshelf areÂ *&^).Â Â I flip through them, and I feel like I’ve read them all before.Â
But last summer, I found a book that I will go to my grave with:Â
It dawned on me in the middle of reading thisÂ bookÂ (fabulous!Â funÂ to read!Â smart!)Â that I now had someone who was practical, wise and down to earth (and young) who was providing daily advice to young careerists and could help myÂ kids (who stay in their heads a LOT) with making decisions about their careers.Â Â Ann is a sophomore at
Penelope and a group of young professionals opened the
Now, becaus of the
Jaclyn Schiff (One of the contibutors to
“My hunch is that during the first few years of your career, smaller companies could allow you to be a lot more hands-on from the start â€¦ On the other hand, the opportunities at a large company can really enhance your professional development, even if your job responsibilities initially do not.”
I see both sides of this perspective,Â and have lived both.Â Â I startedÂ out at age 22 working for a large healthcare corporation and realized 18 months into my career that I was not happy in the least (I was just not cut out for a career in health care…I just don’t think it suited my personality).Â But…Â I would have never known that had IÂ notÂ put myself into that environment for 18 months.Â Â I struck outÂ on my own at age 23, formed a consulting company, andÂ I haveÂ not returned to the corporate world since.Â Â Â Now, sitting here, 25 years later, when I do have to submit a resume for a consulting gig, my potential clients only want to know about what I have achieved in the last five years.Â Â The corporate job from 1982 never comes up.Â It’s as if it never happened…but it did something amazing…it pointed me in the direction of my current career, which is truly a dream career for me.
If you are reading this blog and wondering what to do about your career, I encourage you to check out the young leaders we have spoken with over the last 18 months.Â Â You can read about them
Penelope Trunk and a host of other young, sharp professionals have opened
You can check out the list of bloggers
Jaclyn Schiff is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. She is a full-time writer for a Web site that focuses on global health issues. She has published articles (often about issues of interest to Gen. Y) in a variety of print and online publications.Â She recently mentioned our work in her