For one thing—we millennials are following our hearts.
We are offended at the notion of climbing a career ladder just for the sake of doing it, and though we’re the most educated generation to date, in all societies we’re far less likely to be motivated by money than our parents were.
In fact, “Keeping up with the Jones’s” is not a motivator for us at all!
According to CNBC’s Kelli Grant, we are also consistently better at managing our finances than Boomers ever were.
Creative Arts CAREERS
Millennial women are far more likely to become writers, to get our MFA’s (masters of fine arts) in a creative or fine art and follow that through to a successful career.
Peruse any bookstore shelf in the world today (or flip through the Kindle app on your phone) and you’ll see that more than a handful of the writers on the New York Times Bestseller list in the Literary section are, indeed, millennial women.
When once the idea of being an author meant starving and remaining in an isolated state, millennials are more open to the idea of writer’s residencies and absorbing the costs of a graduate degree in something we truly love.
Co-ops and Teaching
A recent study found that many millennials think
“…businesses focus too much on their own agendas and not enough on improving society…”
They tend to get “put off” by self-serving corporations. Occupy Wall Street taught us that.
Millennial women are more likely, therefore, to be in occupations of service to our communities—running food co-ops, teaching art at a charter school, giving our whole days to teaching dance or offering counseling at a youth shelter.
Money is not as important to the generation who grew up during the greatest economic downturn in world history since the Great Depression.
We’ve learned how to sacrifice, and we’re not too put off by a career that requires this of us.
Many more millennial women are becoming doctors than did our mothers or grandmothers.
Yes, much of this is due to the normalization of women in these roles by our predecessors, but it’s also about the confidence of millennial women.
We understand what rights we have, what value we hold in this world, and we know that we have a place in every corner of the workforce and we’ll take it.
This is reflected in the rise in female doctors around the world (Cohen, Atlantic).
Jobs in Social Media
It goes without saying that millennial women have the obvious advantage here.
Our mothers and grandmothers are just getting used to Facebook, let alone, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
But much of today’s marketing is centered around social media, and millennial women understand the value of it.
We are actively involved in companies like Google and Facebook, and are far more likely to take a marketing job that’s sole aim is snagging customers through our Twitter feeds.