Helping Millennials Get Ready for the Working World


The Millennials (those born roughly between 1980 and 1999) are commonly characterized as being virtually connected, confident, team-oriented and extremely tech savvy. They want to be engaged and connect with others in an interactive environment.

Millennials are the largest generation the United States has ever seen. According to Meister and Willyerd, authors of The 2020 Workplace, by 2025 more than half of the employees in the world will be Millennials. Corporations are already preparing for this. For example, in 2012 most of the 17,000 employees Deloitte hired were from this generation. (Tyler, 2013) 

Millennials have high expectations of the companies they join. They expect their organizations to support their local communities and make a positive contribution to society and the environment. In addition, Millennials are attracted to organizations with a reputation for innovation. Add leadership development to the mix, and an organization can position itself as an employer of choice to this generation.

But when it comes to training them for their jobs, traditional approaches may not address Millennials’ learning preferences. Work-related seminars, reading materials and PowerPoint presentations can be enhanced when paired with an online platform such as the Cultural Navigator. The interactive learning paths, videos and scenarios on the Cultural Navigator help Millennial hires visualize what they need to learn in order to interact, cooperate and collaborate best in the workplace.

Millennials are the future, and connecting with them the way they learn best – through interactive, collaborative online learning, such as that offered by the Cultural Navigator – is the most effective way to welcome them to the workforce.

Karen Walch