By Kamal Dutta
Every generation faces some form of an existential crisis. Right now, as we navigate the current global health crisis, one generation has come under the spotlight more as they face an enormity of uphill tasks. Millennials – aged between 23 to 38 years old, constitute 40 percent of the total workforce across the world. While in India, the 400 million millennials make up more than a third of the population.
While millennials are still climbing the corporate ladder, being hit by yet another career-defining crisis – like the current economic scenario – can have a lasting impact on their careers. But as resilient as they are – multiple trends work in their favor. When compared, millennials are the most educated generation. They’re also the smartest and easily the most-enabled generation of our time who can overcome any crisis they face. Hence, the strategy to rise through this crisis requires millennials to display sheer will and commitment towards upping their game.
Firstly, regardless of the situation, making career advancement should be a priority. That begins with identifying the career path you need to take to progress in the future. If you’re a data analyst then delving into courses on data wrangling, python, etc. along with taking certifications and assessments on the way can lead you to your next journey. If it requires you to move laterally in your domain, then embrace the challenge. Why? Because reaching your career goals may demand multiple turns bringing new opportunities to grow and excel.
Secondly, with the business landscape evolving, staying innovative is every organisations’ need. So, spread out the creative antenna and increase your curiosity quotient to sharpen your innovation skills. Have you taught yourself coding language? Were you able to shorten that lengthy code into a single para? By staying curious and continually feeding your learning desire, you can perform better on creative tasks and organisations take note of those individuals who showcase this trait.
It is worth noting that organisations are cautiously bringing back their workforce, but it’s the boomers who are keen to get back into the office. According to a recent survey, 38 percent of Gen X and 29 percent of baby boomers have expressed the desire to return to the workplace. On the other hand, one in three Gen Z and millennials have said they would happily continue working from home until things settle. This can be attributed to the varying levels of digital prowess of these generations. Millennials being the most digitally enabled stood out in embracing work-from-home culture.
Being digital enabled is a win-win for both the organisations and millennials. Being equipped with such a talent pool gives organisations the edge to drive innovation from the forefront and for millennials to stay relevant even in times of crisis.
The author is the MD India of Skillsoft.