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What Millennial Women (and Men) Want: Inspire Me

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Anne Macleod Weeks is a graduate of Lawrence and Villanova Universities. She has been an educational administrator and English teacher for 38 years, specializing in the area of college admission. Ms. Weeks has been a leader in the college admission and Advanced Placement arenas and has published on pertinent educational topics in a variety of national papers and journals. She currently resides in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Millennials are looking for purpose in their work lives. A “deep sense of meaning” is critical for a Millennial’s satisfaction at work. Being able to articulate your company’s mission will attract Millennials looking for a clear sense of purpose and the chance to be involved in “something bigger than themselves.”

When interviewing with a company, be sure to see if they have a clearly stated mission and then find out if everyone subscribes to that mission. A mission-driven company is a successful company and will provide a more authentic work environment.

 

This can be a harder aspect to discern, but the effort you put into identifying this culture is well worth the effort if you are hired. Here are some good questions to ask:

 

  • What is your company’s mission? How do you, personally, see this mission lived out on a daily basis in the workplace? What is your company’s vision for the future? Does this vision relate directly back to the company’s mission?
  • How are employees’ contributions recognized, valued, and rewarded?
  • Are there opportunities to hear from successful senior level executives as inspirational speakers/leaders?
  • Is there a sense of “emotional ownership” for the employees of the company? Are employees encouraged to have an entrepreneurial mindset?
  • Are there opportunities to share creative ideas and to receive feedback?

 

If you sense the company is invested in inspiring and encouraging new employees, and they have a clear commitment to ongoing professional development, this, coupled with a clear mission, will certainly mean you will find a vital workplace that will encourage you to grow.

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Anne Weeks

Anne Macleod Weeks is a graduate of Lawrence and Villanova Universities. She has been an educational administrator and English teacher for 38 years, specializing in the area of college admission. Ms. Weeks has been a leader in the college admission and Advanced Placement arenas and has published on pertinent educational topics in a variety of national papers and journals. She currently resides in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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