Millennials are the demographic cohort following Generation X; sociologists and commentators consider Millennials’ birth years to range between the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The syntagm Millennials is almost omnipresent in business environments nowadays, from market researches to human resources strategies. This generation has strong characteristics making it completely different from predecessors, such as narcissism, increased tolerance, delayed transition into adulthood, and having higher expectations from the workplace.

On the other hand, good jobs are more difficult to secure these days, which makes Millennials’ career paths more challenging. When both employers and jobseekers are very demanding, and given that economic prospects have declined after the Great Recession in the late 2000s, being a Millennial is not an easy job. What should Millennials take into consideration if they want to enjoy prosperous careers?

1. Networking
Maybe you are tired of hearing how important it is to keep in touch with people, to be active on LinkedIn, to attend industry events and so on. But there is a different face of networking – knowing lots of people who know lots of different things. This is particularly useful if you are an entrepreneur or an independent contractor. Get to know the people around you because they can provide you with valuable resources and help you deliver better results, no matter how bright you are.

2. Maintain your assets
Everybody talks about productivity these days, and managers want to squeeze as much as possible from employees. Well, working all night long and neglecting your personal life is not clever, because you are going to crack at some moment – the wear and tear is inevitable if you don’t take care of machinery. Less is more when it comes to work, too.

3. Seek career coaching
If you want to take control of your professional future, consider career and job seeking coaching. Maybe this was not part of the school curricula, but if you seek it actively, you’ll have competitive advantage over those “lazy” Millennials that feel entitled to a lot without making too many efforts. Career coaching can provide you with an efficient job seeking strategy and help you develop the soft skills that cause others to quit jobs early or not perform well in interviews.

4. Start from the bottom
Surveys suggest that Millennials don’t want to spend more than 3 years in a position and expect to land their dream job soon after graduation. It’s no wonder, since this generation was accustomed to the “You-can-do-anything” kind of speech, but reality is harsher than you might think. Actually, it’s impossible to get to a good senior position one day without having any idea about what people in the first front are doing. If you read the biographies of famous people, you’ll discover that all of them started with entry-level jobs and completed menial tasks.

5. Quit, but for the right reason
Millennials are well-known for quitting their jobs fast, and they are often scolded for their high claims. However, you shouldn’t act oppositely either and stay in a position you are not happy with. Good reasons to quit are career burnout, not having enough learning opportunities, and not being able to get a raise.
No matter what career path you want to choose (being an employee, working as a freelancer, or starting your own business), the most important thing you should keep in mind as a Millennial is learning something new, every single day; your learning journey should never end.