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What Young Adults Want in Their Careers

There is no doubt that the generation that comprises the group of people known as millennials is unlike any generation encountered in the past. Including people born from the early 1980s through the mid 1990s, millennials are unique in numerous aspects, ranging from the technology available during childhood and today, the relationship with parents, economic and educational prospects, and overall culture. Generation Z, which is also known as the post-millennial generation or the iGeneration is equally as unique, and as these young people transition into adulthood, there are numerous questions about what the future will look like.

But while millennial and generation Z culture may be something that those of other generations are neither able to relate to nor understand, when it comes to the workforce, what young adults want from their careers may more closely resemble the desires of other generations than one would think.

What Young Adults Want in Their Careers - The Similarities and Differences

There are a number of things that young adults today want in their careers that are very different from what young adults from generations past wanted. These differences are based, in large part, due to technology and opportunity. For example, working remotely was hardly an option for generations past, but with the proliferation of wi-fi, there are many jobs that can be performed from anywhere in the world.

When polled, young people are also much more likely than older Americans to say that a top priority in finding a new job is that the job is enjoyable and provides the individual with a feeling of “making a difference.” Older Americans, on the other hand, are likely to prioritize salary.

But there are also a lot of similarities between what younger and older generations want in a career, too. Some of these similarities include:

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How Leaders Maintain Confidence During Uncertainty

Agility...patience...poise...unwavering strength...these are all qualities displayed by true leaders in times of uncertainty. There are many things that can contribute to uncertainty, from increased marketplace demands to competitive factors. Leaders must display confidence to minimize the impact of uncertainty; indeed, how leaders respond to growing pressures directly speaks to their leadership preparedness, maturity and acumen, according to Forbes.

This composure can be seen not just in what leaders say but how they carry themselves. From attitude to body language, leadership in its most basic form is all about making colleagues feel safe and secure and not just about helping them increase their performance and effectiveness. Employees are sick of running on empty, trying to get ahead just to survive the jungle that is the workplace. They want to know they have a place in that workplace with a leader who will ensure their job security in tumultuous times. No one can do their best job during the day when they're constantly looking over their shoulders and fearing for their jobs.

Avoiding Crisis Mode

Too many CIOs and other leaders are thrown for a loop when difficult situations are presented to them. While they may have all the credentials and experience in the world, some simply can't handle the pressure of maintaining composure during times of crisis and change. This leads to ineffective leadership because those individuals can't adapt to the unexpected. A true leader can stand above the chaos, see it as a chance for opportunity, maintain composure, and overcome that adversity. They can see beyond the present, institute change, and see it through to the other side. Instead of panic, there is calm.

This doesn't mean the leader is a push-over. This doesn't mean he or she is lacking in temerity, steadfastness and grit. It means the leader pushes through the noise, sees it for what it is, and institutes a clear objective without backing down. There's no doubt that uncertain times can test the mettle of even the strongest of companies. This is precisely when solid leaders must act in a decisive manner, setting an example that all can follow with confidence.

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Managing ETL Vendors

It wasn’t but a few short years ago your local technology vendor (IBM, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, etc.) was always looking to enhance your ETL services on premise so you could be in “full control” of your database operations locally. You invested hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not much more!) to build out your local infrastructure to support your data platform of choice. Not to mention all the other costs for hardware, security, environment, expertise, and the list goes on.

Today, one of the top projects of any technology leader or CXO is navigating their cloud strategy.  Whether you are cloud mature, a hybrid, or really just exploring your cloud options, there is much activity around the cloud. It is more than hype and trend as more and more infrastructure and data get moved to the cloud.  Sure, Gartner has released its “Gartner's Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure” year-over-year for more than 10 years. However, the online transition to the cloud is moving at breakneck speed.  Gartner predicts, “spending in public cloud services will reach $260.2 billion in 2017 alone, an 18.5% increase in U.S. dollars”.

While many companies today are advancing towards managed data platforms to save money, grow market share, and drive innovation and efficiency, leaders must evaluate if moving to a managed data platform is right for their organization. Although, depending on the size of your company, the services you offer, and infrastructure needs, moving to a managed data platform may not be in the cards for you.

It’s more than just moving to the cloud

As with any successful project or long-term strategy, you need to develop a solid foundation.  One key component to this foundation is finding a trusted partner to help you design and prepare this transition.

However, if you haven’t been already discussing this with your vendor rep on your options and moving your ETL data to the cloud, you might be kicking yourself for waiting this long.  Sure, the managed data platform of choice offers you high availability, scalability, and security, but you don’t have all the headaches of managing this infrastructure, not to mention your cost savings.  Many vendors like AWS, Microsoft, Oracle and others can operate your customized environment more efficiently and for pennies on the dollar compared to your traditional ETL tools.

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