by Lucinda Shen
date: May 19, 2017
My name is Jane from XXX team. I am an early 90s , in a more usual way, I am a millennial born and grew up in digital era and surrounded by internet. In 2011, after 10 years living and study in New Zealand, I returned to Shanghai and joined the great XXX. Senior Client Representative, international background, Millennial Corps Ambassador - these are the "labels" added on me. Personally, my goal is to become a New XXXer who "dares to think, to speak up and to do". Also I am trying very hard towards it.
** 敢说，是我跟XXX一起转型、一同成长的第一步。坦白来说，刚回国时心里是有点忐忑的，连语言都有障碍，更别说进入一个完全陌生的角色了。记得当初连电话都不敢打给客户， 就怕说得不“专业”、被客户嫌弃，但支撑我往下走的是身边好友的一句话“惹人讨厌也是要水平的”。我不断给自己打气，从被动应对到主动出击。在我还是个菜鸟的时候，我通过观察与我同行的资深销售，他们与客户聊什么内容，记下一些最火的词、频率出现最高的术语，回家做功课进行恶补。就这样不断地学习积累，渐渐的，无论市场话题或是技术热点，再也难不倒我了。与此同时，我通过互联网从各种社交平台和网站不间断地了解市场趋势、行业动态甚至接地气的时下热点，在不同的情景下轻松应对。时刻保持与客户speak same language，了解他们的需求及兴趣点，渐渐的甚至可以lead conversation以此有效激发、挖掘潜在的商机。 “Dare to speak up” was the first step for me to transform and grow with IBM. Frankly, I was very nervous when I joined IBM at first, due to some language and culture differences, let along getting used to a brand new role. I recalled that making a phone call to client would frighten me even, so worried if any response I made was unprofessional and get annoyed by clients. Then I was inspired by my friend, “It requires certain skills to get annoyed by people.” I kept encouraging myself, starting from passively respond to client’s request until I was comfortable initiate calls with clients. When I was a <u>newbie菜鸟</u>, I did a lot of observation at meetings between senior sales and clients, such as the topics they discuss, popular words and terminology, then I studied them back home. Through several rounds, I am able to handle topics not only about market hot spots but also latest technologies. Meanwhile, I learn from various social network on Internet constantly, to build my knowledge in market trends, industry analysis and even latest gossips, so I can handle under any circumstances and keep conversation dynamic. Eventually, I am able to speak same languages with clients, understand their interest and needs well, and even start to lead a conversation in order to initiate potential business opportunities. 敢做，就是要跳脱限定的框框，并向着目标不停进步。2014年XXX在全球发起了Millennial Corps（千禧派）组织，以召集一批年轻，有动力，有激情的千禧一代来帮助公司转型。我有幸成为了大中华区的代表，后来被同事们戏称为“千禧派总舵主”。为了对得起这名号，我经历了各种尝试，在一开始也遇到了许多出乎意料的挑战。就像运营一个创业公司一样，如何造势并壮大队伍，让他们成为可持续发展的一股力量成为了一大难题。最终通过反复摸索，我成立了个微信群，通过更为social的方式来推荐拉人。同时与A, B等组织紧密合作，希望让年轻一代的XXXer发出自己的声音。
** “Dare to do” means to think out of box, and to pursue our goals right along. In 2014, Millennial Coprs was founded by XXX global, to gather a group of young, motivated and passionate millennial to help with our transformation. I was very honored to became representative of XXX, aka ‘Millennial Corps Ambassador’. I tried various ways to help this group <u>thrive</u>, and faced a lot of challenges in the beginning. It feels like running a start-up company, how to create momentum and make growth, in order to make this force a constant and dynamic one, this became a puzzle. After thinking it over and over, I established a Wechat group and attracts people through social network. Nevertheless, we are working closely with different departments and groups such as HR and B – we want to create a soundboard for millennial to speaks up for ourselves.
敢想，我坚信年轻一代能为公司带来新的理念和创意，并致力让开放和创新的精神能在公司受到推崇。今年6月，我参加了由Millennial Corps在美国总部举办的Fast Forward 20/20会议，与来自全球其他国家的40余名代表一起分享探讨，提出可行方案、共同解决问题。在2天的激烈讨论中，我们提出了很多有趣又大胆的想法：比如要求员工给老板评分、拒绝 按照工作年头论等级的制度等。总部的管理层对于我们这些创新十分认可，也支持我们继续研究找到切实可行的执行方案。回国后的这几个月，各个小组的项目都有 了实质性的进展。通过这一系列的沟通、尝试、反馈，我们用实际行动证明了我们强大的创新力及执行力，也赢得了管理层的信任与期许。
** “Dare to think" , I strongly believe that our young generation can bring new ideas and innovation to XXX, and I am devoted to promote the spirit of diversity and innovation in our company.** Earlier in June, I attended Fast Forward 20/20 host by Millennial Corps in Armonk (XXX HQ), along with other 40 ambassadors around the world, to share our situation and brainstorm possible solutions. Within intensive two days, we brought out a lot of interesting and bold ideas, such as to rate our managers, to cherish skill instead of years of experiences etc. We got strong support from HQ management team, and permit us to continue our studies in order to work out a feasible landing plan. In a few months after FF20/20, each team has substantial progression – we proved our strong creativity and efficiency with our action, and we gained trust and expectation from management team.
Neither we are nails in the machine, nor alternate mates sitting on the bench. We are unique individuals with tremendous power. As we dare to say, to do and to out think, we shall gain our own spotlight on this big stage of XXX.
1.What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life?
Millennials — the generation loosely defined those born after 1981 through 1996 — have gotten a bad rap for supposedly being unprepared and overly reliant on their parents.
These days, every time another industry starts to suffer or a long-held tradition begins to decline, the change is blamed on millennials.
81% of Millennials Are More Likely to Spend Money on Travel Than Save for the Future
According to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch study published Friday, today's 18- to 34-year-olds are much more likely to prioritize travel, dining, and their gym membership over their financial future.
Moreover, millennials aren't thinking about retiring as early as possible; instead, they're looking to have the most fulfilling life possible.
That is in contrast to the Boomer and Gen-Xers: the majority of both generations said they save up in the hopes of finally retiring.
Researchers and economists have postulated other factors that are believed to be preventing millennials from owning a home. Namely, the rising, and sizable burden of student loans, which ballooned to about $35,000 per student in 2016.
That's roughly three times what their parents had to worry about when leaving university two decades earlier. Meanwhile, millennials may be earning about 20% less than their parents were at their same life stage.
In early November, Chris Lee appeared at the 11th Anniversary of VOGUE China edition celebration party in the very first piece of "cognitive dress" in China. The debut created lots of re-tweets and discussions on Wechat and proved the influential power of this millennial Chinese singer.
2.If you were gonna invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy?
- Post–World War II baby boom: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post–World_War_II_baby_boom
- Generation X: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X
- Millennials: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennials
**"。预估到 2025 年，超过三分之二的工作者是千禧代；目前在大中华区，四成的员工属于千禧一代。不可否认地，他们正在一点点地改变并赋予 "工作价值" 和 "工作环境" 新的定义。
Millennials are entering the workplace and will constitute the majority of the workforce in the coming years. A prediction says that, by 2025, two-thirds of the workforce will be millennials. In fact, now we have 40% of employees in XXX who are born in millennial generation. It is no exaggeration to say that they are shaping the future of work and will redefine the value of work and workplace.
3.There was a recent survey of millennials asking them what their most important life goals were, and over 80 percent said that a major life goal for them was to get rich.
But research shows that they make ideal employees: A study from ManPowerGroup found that millennials are working harder than other generations, putting in more than 45 hours per week, with 21 percent taking on another job to make ends meet. And 66 percent of people in that age group are expected to work past age 65, with 12 percent saying they likely would never retire.
Millennials have been blamed for killing everything from home ownership to casual dining restaurants to golf, but now they're getting credit for 'killing' something that's generally considered a bad thing, anyway: divorce.
4.And another 50 percent of those same young adults said that another major life goal was to become famous.
- a late 80s
5.And we're constantly told to lean in to work, to push harder and achieve more.
What’s more, millennials are less likely to use all of their paid time off, according to ProjectTimeOff.com.
And they're certainly gloating. Twitter users have reacted to the news with glee, sharing funny, tongue-in-cheek tweets about millennials' role in plummeting divorce rates.
6.We're given the impression that these are the things that we need to go after in order to have a good life.
7.Pictures of entire lives, of the choices that people make and how those choices work out for them, those pictures are almost impossible to get.
Millennials are also more likely to take on work that is meaningful to them, but they tend to blur work and life together, often checking emails and remaining “on” during after-work hours.
New research shows that the US divorce rate dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016.
8.Most of what we know about human life we know from asking people to remember the past, and as we know, hindsight is anything but 20/20.
9.We forget vast amounts of what happens to us in life, and sometimes memory is downright creative.
And according to analysis of US Census data by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen, that's all thanks to millennials, as well as younger members of Generation X.
10.But what if we could watch entire lives as they unfold through time?
11.What if we could study people from the time that they were teenagers all the way into old age to see what really keeps people happy and healthy?
According to the Pew Research Center, millennials are those who were born between 1981 and 1996, making them 22 to 37 years old.
Cohen explained that millennials are waiting longer than Baby Boomers to tie the knot, and as such, have become less likely to divorce.
When the new data was published earlier this week, social media users found the news promising — but also particularly funny, in light of the trend of blaming millennials for industries that have died off.
'Typical millennials, ruining another sacred institution with their avocado toasts and commitment to stable relationships,' quipped NBC News reporter Alex Seitz-Wald.
'God damn millennials are ruining divorce!' tweeted Sarah Shower.
'Millennials are ruining divorce??? What's next? Poverty? Stigmatized mental health issues?? Racism!??? This is a slippery slope people,' added another user sarcastically.
'Little shocking that bloomberg didn’t phrase this as like “millennials are ruining divorce lawyers’ retirement plans” or some s***' tweeted someone else.
According to Professor Cohen, the shrinking divorce rate is due in large part to younger people waiting longer to get married in the first place.
By the time many say 'I do' these days, they've already gotten their education, careers, and finances in order.
Comedian Matt Fernandez quipped: 'New data shows that millennials are lowering the divorce rate because they're waiting until they're financially stable to get married. So I did the math, and that means I should be ready for marriage when I'm 400 years old.'
Waiting longer means millennials are being choosier, too, dating more and longer before settling on a lifelong partner.
'Unlike their parents, millennials aren’t marrying the first Tom, Dick, or Sherry that comes around,' joked one young woman from Chicago.
Evidence suggests other reasons for the change, too, including that many young couples are putting off marriage in favor of simply cohabitating long term.
Explained the?Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims, 'Good news: Millennials are much less likely to get divorced. Bad news: Because marriage is becoming less common and the privilege of the well-off, who were always less likely to divorce anyway.'
And for some, it seems, the option to divorce is in itself too costly.
'People are surprised that millennials are forcing the divorce rate to plummet like we can financially afford to build a life up together with someone else,' wrote one person on Twitter. 'LOL sorry you said till death and we have loans and a shared Netflix.'
Cohen told DailyMail.com that another reason for the decline in divorce is that Americans 'don’t feel pressured to marry before they have sex, have children or live together.'
The median age for marriage in 1968 was 23 for men and 21 for women, but by 2017 those numbers shifted to age 30 for men and 27 for women, according to Pew Research Center.
As divorce rates have declined for younger people, they have increased among people in their 60s and 70s. The divorce rate doubled among Americans age 55-64 from 1990-2015, and tripled among those age 65 and older during the same period, according to Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research.
At the same time, many low-income and under-educated Americans are choosing not to marry at all, instead opting to live together and in many cases raise children together.
In fact, a quarter of parents who live with their children are unmarried, according to Pew Research Center.
The rate of unmarried parents has steadily grown since 1968, when only 7 percent were unmarried. By 1987 that rose to 16 percent, and by 1997 it grew to 23 percent. The 2017 data - 25 percent - is the most recent available.