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Millennials are twice as likely to be a registered nurse as young Boomers were—and 60% more likely than young Xers were. In addition to being situated in a growing sector of the economy, nursing jobs are a good fit for Millennials who want to make a difference at work.
Gen Xer Mira Zaslove offers tips for Millennials with Xer managers. She makes several astute observations, including this bit of sage wisdom: “Xers grew up questioning everything. Expect them to give the pros and cons to even the best of ideas.”
Fully 82% of Millennial small business owners expect their company to grow within the next year, compared to 71% of all small business owners. Though Millennials are far less entrepreneurial than portrayed by the media, the ones who have started their own businesses (in true Millennial form) expect to succeed.
Boomer executive Steve Stratton says that his Xer colleagues are transforming the workplace. He correctly notes that pragmatic Xers are focused solely on the bottom line: “While my generation was lured by visions of corner offices and personal parking spots, Xers are more motivated by locations that will allow them to work in more productive ways.”
New research shows that men made up 13% of the nursing field in 2015, up from just 2% in 1960. The decades-long growth of female-dominated pink-collar fields at the expense of male-dominated blue-collar fields has forced many men to find work as nurses, teachers, and other high-EQ professionals.
More than half of Millennial women (52%) say that men have it easier in America these days, the highest share of any generation. Millennial women have experienced gender-based discrimination firsthand: Despite surpassing their male peers in educational achievement, today’s young women remain underrepresented in the most lucrative career fields.
More than one-third of 18- to 23-year-olds expect to be promoted within six months of starting their first job. Rather than indicating that Millennials are an entitled bunch, this survey finding exemplifies the optimism and high expectations that Millennials have upon entering the workforce.
Millennial Carolina Wong has advice to her peers who are stuck in dead-end jobs: Move back in with your parents. Wong, who herself boomeranged back to the nest to reset and now has a full-fledged career and a home of her own, says that, “If you have somebody who’s willing to help you, don’t be embarrassed by it.”
Contributor Ada Calhoun outlines the “new midlife crisis” for Gen-X women. She make several solid points: Xer women have more opportunities for professional growth than previous generations, but have been hit harder by financial pressures in their prime breadwinning years.