New Grads are Changing the Way We Approach Our Careers & Workplace Cultures

“…recent graduates are confident in today’s labor market — so confident, in fact, that they’re increasingly pursuing creative passions and social service work over higher-paying, possibly lower-risk jobs.”

I love this. I have definitely noticed a shift occurring amongst the newer workforce. With the advantage of a booming economy, new grads have the freedom to pursue careers and companies they are passionate about and fit who they are as human beings – mind, body, and soul.

In working with recent grads, it excites me to see them thinking beyond just, ‘this is what I should be doing’, or ‘this is what makes the most money’ or ‘this is what my parents want me to do’ or ‘this is what my brother is doing’. Everyone has different values and goals, which could include making a lot of money. There is nothing wrong with that. There are various driving forces behind the need to make a lot of money, which is an entirely separate blog article!

However, for this article’s purpose, I think it’s incredible that people are exploring their true personalities and interests at a younger age and starting their career path with a solid foundation of who they are as whole people. Sure, life experiences happen, and people’s interests may change throughout their careers as they learn, grow, and expand their networks. People’s innate personalities do not change though, and it’s essential to have a solid grasp of who you are before you enter the ‘real world’. So many of us don’t take the time to explore our deepest and authentic selves and desires until we are in our 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Millennials get a bad rap for being ‘entitled’ and ‘lazy’, but I think they are very mature and self-aware. It takes guts to stand up for what you believe in and for your personal well-being. I applaud them for trying to change the culture of Corporate America because frankly, everyone is stressed out, burned out, and exhausted. Significant changes in workplace cultures, mindsets, and values need to occur.

New Grads: now is the time to take advantage of this booming job market and do what you love and what sparks your creative spirit! I’m looking forward to seeing you mold and shape a workplace culture that reflects our changing world!


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