Career Wisdom to Pass On Early
- Give honest feedback – promptly.
- Speak up – directly confront problem behavior promptly.
- Stay true to yourself.
- When you own your mistakes, it leads to respect and opportunity to make things better.
- Listen to others, even if you don't agree with them.
- Collaboration is key to success (especially reiterated by Boomers). Consult collaborators before making decisions.
- Networking and relationship building are about asking good questions.
- Help others first to get where you want to go (faster).
Generations are defined by similar formative influences – social, cultural, political, and economic – that exist while individuals of particular birth cohorts are in their adolescent to early adult years. Given that premise, the approximate birth years for each of the four generations currently in the workplace are:
- Traditionalists: Born between1925 and 1942
- Baby Boomers: Born between 1943 and 1962
- Generation X: Born between 1963 and 1978
- Generation Y/Millennials: Born between 1979 and 1998
- Your reputation is your most valuable asset (Gen X).
- Think before responding provocatively or hitting "send" (Boomers).
- Changing yourself is easier than achieving organizational change (Boomer-Gen X cusper).
- Great communication involves body language and tone of voice, not just message (Boomer). Take a stand but avoid alienating others.
- Trustworthy and respectful are more important than perfect (Gen X).
- Healthy eating is crucial for life and work success (Traditionalist).
- Wonderful things are only achieved by working with others (Gen X; counter to typical perceptions of Gen X).
- Realize that a college education is most helpful if you're aware of what you're not learning and getting (Gen Y/Millennial).
- Figuring out and acting on your professional interests isn't selfish. It's the most responsible thing you can do for yourself long term (Gen Y, which I expect many Boomers and Gen Xers would agree with).
- Your career is likely to go off plan. Be flexible (Gen X-Y cusper).
- Respect everyone.
- Tune in to all the resources we have as humans: mind and heart.
- Stand up and speak out on what matters to you.
- Listen to financial planning advice.
- Look around you, observe, and listen.
- Life isn't linear. You will shift paths. Enjoy the ride.
- Try different things, even if you fail.
- Bad things that happen often turn out for the best.
- Honor and pamper yourself.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.