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By 2025, it is expected that Generation Y, also known as the millennials, will take over the working population. This generation, which is composed of people born in the ‘80s to the ‘90s, is perhaps the most diverse and most connected. Millennials are considered by the older generations to be very independent, creative, and resourceful.

However, they are often misunderstood by their elders for being self-involved and narcissistic because of the influence of social media culture. That aside, millennials thrive in the workplace because of their passion. Unlike baby boomers who tend to work mainly to make a living, millennials take the time to find out what they’re passionate about and make career choices based on whether they could make a difference. They also value transparency, which lets them in on how a task they’re assigned to do matters in the big picture. This could be a source of conflict between them and their managers, who are most likely baby boomers who aren’t used to being questioned by their subordinates.

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Because millennials are the founders of the social media movement, they place a significant value on interaction and the sharing of information. While this is frowned upon by some of their elders, particularly when it involves work, it also serves as their means of self-expression and a way to exercise their creativity.

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Another defining factor of the millennials is their self-sufficiency. This, perhaps, stems from the fact that they are striving to build a stable life amid a cyclical economy. As a result, millennials are smart with their money and are not easily swayed to make big purchases.

Since millennials are the future workforce, it is important for today’s leaders to understand their unique traits to be able to become great mentors that would help this generation achieve career success.

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