The POTENTIAL MANAGER:Advice for the Ambitious Millennial

 At the beginning of every year, more and more professionals quit their old jobs and look for new ones. They prepare elaborate new career goals and begin implementing a few changes. In this article, we will give you the inside secrets, a few tips and tricks, and little snippets of advice that can help millennials successfully climb the corporate ladder. Still not sure if you’re a millennial? Well, the earliest proposed birth date for millennials is 1976 and the latest is 2004.


Millennials have grown up in the technology-based, electronic-filled, and socially networked world. It is the generation that has received the most amount of marketing attention. Born at the time that they were, millennials have been instilled with the mantra “follow your dreams”, and have been told they are special, making them bold, confident and demanding. Though having this trait is considered positive, many may argue that the confidence of this generation has tilted slightly towards narcissism and entitlement.

Most often, they are seen as being slightly more optimistic about the future of the world compared to any other generation – despite the fact that since pre-World War II, they are the first generation that is expected to be less economically successful than their previous generation. Millennials also seem to be more career driven than any other generation.

All through our lives, we have always heard the phrase – you need to start setting goals to know exactly where you want to get in life. However, most millennials live in the here and now. Not many set their goals and work towards them. They believe in living for today. Wrong. Very wrong. Setting goals is something that needs to happen now. It is very important. It helps create a roadmap to success – for both personal life and work. Without goals, how do you expect to know which path you need to take and where you intend to go?

1.Setting your goals: If you are looking for any assistance in setting your goals, you can talk to someone a bit more accomplished than you are, such as your manager. Go prepared, and let them know what it is you want and where you think you want to be. Not only does it show you're determined and forward looking, but that you are determined and hardworking, but will also tell your boss what exactly you are looking for in the organization which will help when it comes to talks about promotion. Be Flexible. Goals are never set in stone. Do not forget that. They will adapt, morph, and change as you grow. This is why it is a good idea to constantly update them. When setting goals, keep in mind the following:

2.Make a plan: Most millennials bounce through their career like it is a pinball game. Of course, a lot of diverse experiences can be a good thing, but like they say, “too much is too bad”. To achieve your full potential, you must have a plan. And the sooner the better. Sure, be prepared to adjust as you go, but don't wait to set your goals and make a plan. Network: The more people you know, the better. So don't stop networking once you get a job. Build your network. The more people who know and like you, the better it is for your career.

3.Work Hard: It is important to remember “the more the better”. Don’t just put in the hours that you are supposed to. Do more. Much more. Work harder and longer than the others on your team. Treat everything like it’s a priority. Volunteer for all the projects that have a higher visibility. Seek to contribute more, and make yourself the go-to person.

4.Dream beyond the job description: Don't be limited by your job description. Do whatever's assigned to you, then ask what else you can do... even if it's in another department or project. Help wherever you can, whenever you can, however you can.

5.Become a resource: Continuously strive to up-skill yourself. You need to stay updated and relevant. Grow your status and credibility within your field, not just in your company. Take up certification courses. Get yourself certified. Becoming an industry expert is what you should strive for. Study, read, follow all the industry leaders wherever they are active, and attend conferences. Opportunities like these will open up bucket loads of possibilities for advancement and mentoring.

6.Think and act a level above: Behave like someone in a position above yours. However, do this keeping in mind your current responsibilities. Convey the intent and the confidence of being someone who has the potential for leadership or a promotion. How do you achieve this? Pay attention to all those on top. Listen carefully during your conversations with them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Learn how they think and respond to things.

7.Be a team player: Lastly, but most importantly, be a team player. Employers and bosses are closely looking at the way employees work with the rest of the team, as well as the other departments. If you are viewed as someone who is a team player, and someone can work with other teams as well, it is a huge advantage.
So millennials, we have given you all that you need to know. It is your turn to make your place in the world. This is the era of the millennials. Work that to your advantage. Take charge!

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