Millennial Ambition: A Career Guide in Finding Your Place in Your Work and the World

Career Guide January 4, 2018

Millennial Ambition: A Career Guide in Finding Your Place in Your Work and the World

Millennials, defined as people born in the early 1980s and later, will represent 75 per cent of the global workforce by 2030. However, some hiring executives still have certain biases against this group, based on the idea that they lack seriousness and are inclined to job hop. How can you prove this is a misconception?

  • Focus on your career goal(s)

Stefanie Gosen, Orbium’s HR officer in Frankfurt, says that having a career plan for the next three to five years can make a huge difference to how interviewers see you. It makes it clear that you’re serious about getting the job and making the most of it.

  • Do your research

Researching the company gives you material to create a good impression – and it certainly shows that you’re not the stereotypical happy-go-lucky millennial who comes to interviews unprepared.

  • Ask questions

Job interviews are great opportunities to find out if you’re the right fit for the role. You can do this by asking well-informed questions about the job and the company.

  • Work hard

An appetite for hard work will give you an edge over other millennials as well as people from older generations. This is Stefanie’s advice:

You should highlight to the interviewer your accomplishments in your previous jobs. What was your biggest success? What were the biggest challenges you faced and what did you do to overcome them?

  • Be proficient in a certain field before moving on

Master one skill first before advancing to the next; later in your career you can apply relevant concepts from each field to add value to what you do.

  • Get feedback

Clare Scherrer, a partner at Goldman Sachs, says getting feedback is vital for developing
your strengths and knowing your weaknesses. Constructive criticism is a great benefit that should be taken advantage of.

Damien Epiney of Orbium shares his story:

I joined Orbium in 2007 as a junior consultant (what associates were then called) and was made a manager 2016. Looking back, it has been quite a journey. My advice to newcomers is to work hard and have humility. If you are dedicated and passionate, your efforts will be recognised by the company.

Being humble and admitting when you cannot do something or do not understand will build trust between you and your colleagues. Good humour will make you a valuable team player. It will also help keep the team motivated.