THEY’RE COMING. The millennials, that is. According to US-based tech company LogMeIn, Gen Y currently represents 50 per cent of the workforce, with the number set to climb to 75 per cent just 25 years from today.
Combine that influx of the most unique generation of humans ever to walk the modern world with the wave of new technology, and you can be sure of one thing: The way things work at, well, work is going to change dramatically – and soon. To stay afloat then, it makes sense to take advice from the only people who truly understand the moment: Millennials themselves.
Ahead, the career (and life) advice from six super successful people in that age bracket.
Co-founder of Facebook, 32-year-old billionaire and one of the world’s most influential people right now. Need we say more?
“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
– via Inc.
Just 25 years old, Krost is already a published author, a professional speaker, a certified health coach and an entrepreneurial businesswoman. She’s also written and produced TV and radio shows. Needless to say, she has her own Facebook fan page and has been called the voice of millennials.
“Social media allows you to network, collaborate and share your work with others. Building a solid network via social is the most valuable thing you can do for your business or personal brand.”
– via Origin Magazine
McCloskey is a beauty fanatic and CEO of online platform StyleSeat, which helps to empower beauty professionals who are passionate about what they do connect with customers. More than 350,000 beauty industry folk in 16,000 cities now use her app, and McCloskey was - deservedly - named one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2014.
“My No 1 career tip: Find a killer mentor and use them. Find someone who is on a career path you admire and spend time with them on a regular basis. I think it’s best to be very clear on time commitment and objectives and to prepare before each session so you use their time most effectively.”
– via My Domaine
Rusenko is CEO and co-founder of Weebly, an Internet publishing tool and web hosting service that was last valued at almost $500 million and is backed by Chinese Internet giant Tencent and venture capital firm Sequioa Capital. Next up for this 30-year-old: The moon. Literally – he’s bought a USD$250,000 ticket on Virgin Galactic.
“You can’t succeed if you quit. It might sound stupid to say, but Y Combinator has done research, and while they originally thought raw intelligence was the No 1 predictor of a founder’s success, it turns out it’s actually sheer determination. A lot of people working on a startup now, they find early on that it’s not working out and start questioning things. There will always be obstacles in the way, and the only way you’ll be successful is through sheer determination – you just don’t quit.”
– via Penn State University
Lana Lingbo Li
This Harvard grad with a full-time job at a tech startup also has a full-time passion for running a website dedicated to recipes that young, lazy singles can make (mostly by sticking it in their microwave ovens).
“How can people learn to take more risks? By thinking about the worst-case scenario of *not* going down the conventional path. Will you starve? Die? Be disowned? Or feel good about your decision when you’re 80 and looking back on your life? Most of the conventional paths will still be there if plan A doesn’t work out.”
– via Jason Shen
This overachiever is CEO and co-founder of Career Sushi, an online marketplace for jobs in the creative industry that changes the way an applicant’s skills are presented. That’s not all: She’s also a TV executive (former vice-president at The Mark Gordon Company, yo), founder of one of Los Angeles’ largest screenwriting organisations, and was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 leaders in the tech field.
“You must always crave responsibility.”
– via Business Collective
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