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To begin with a trite truism: There are two sides to every coin. Which is to say that, for every data point, observation, prediction and proclamation about millennials in the workforce, you can usually find a contradictory point of view. 

October 17, 2014
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Vic Schlitzer

Bentley University’s Millennial Preparedness research study raised a number of issues about millennials in the workplace. In the coming weeks, PreparedU, in a series entitled Generational Voices, will present opinions from millennials and non-millennials alike on a wide variety of these issues.

October 17, 2014
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Katelyn Campbell and Jill Thacker

For many, the word “millennials” has become synonymous with “kids these days,” but the reality is that millennials as a generation have already aged out of the bracket of young adults and recent graduates. In fact, the majority of Generation Y is now in their mid- to late-20s, with the oldest millennials already 32 years old — married with kids and homes and retirement funds, albeit all to a lesser degree than previous generations.   

October 17, 2014
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April Lane

Get ready, corporate America. The millennials are coming.The largest generation in the modern era is arriving in the workforce with a different set of values and the power to shift business culture to meet them. Whether employers believe millennials are lazy entitled narcissists or savvy pragmatic idealists, it’s time to take them seriously. Especially because there are “issues.”

October 17, 2014
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Meg Murphy

Known by some as the Amazon or iTunes of e-learning, Portland, Oregon–based OpenSesame offers more than 20,000 online courses on subjects such as how to develop employees’ skills, comply with regulations, and grow your business, all through its massive open online course (MOOC) platform.

October 10, 2014
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Melissa Massello

In November 2013, when Bentley University collaborated with the Bloomberg Business Summit in Chicago to present initial PreparedU top-line findings, panelist Shama Hyder made this astute observation about millennials and their career preferences: “Business in general has a branding problem.

October 10, 2014
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April Lane

Millennials are saying no to traditional marriage in record numbers…and that’s not all. In Western culture in the late 18th century, marriage transformed from an economic arrangement into a union based on love. Now it may again be heading toward radical change.

October 10, 2014
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Meg Murphy

When Gen X bad boy Bret Easton Ellis calls you Generation Wuss, no doubt you’re going to mount a defense. But is there any truth to the author’s claim that millennials — “Who [were] cocooned in praise — four stars for showing up, you know?” — crave recognition and can’t handle criticism?

October 3, 2014
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April Lane

Bentley University’s Millennial Preparedness research study raised a number of issues about millennials in the workplace. The PreparedU Project, in this series entitled “Generational Voices,” features opinions from millennials and non-millennials alike on a wide variety of these issues. These views may contrast or coincide, but each will provide perspective designed to enhance insights resulting from the PreparedU data.

October 3, 2014
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Buddy Gormley and Lee Schoentrup

We know the millennial generation is the most racially diverse in American history, but the question is: Do they know it?Much has been made about their diversity being key to the liberal attitudes characteristic of this younger generation. Politicians have surveyed and courted the non-white youth vote as if it’s a defined political bloc. Millennials’ higher tolerance of other races and groups has been praised as a conscious progressive stance.

October 3, 2014
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Meg Murphy

Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary in business, Quincy-based Arbella Insurance Group is regularly recognized as one of the best places to work by the Boston Business Journal, and its CEO was recently recognized for his “galvanizing” civic leadership.

October 3, 2014
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Melissa Massello

An up-and-coming software company in the heart of the Silicon Prairie is not only easing the major pain point of Generation Y — finding a good job, when 40 percent of all unemployed workers are millennials — but it’s also completely built and run by millennials themselves, from the co-founders to the company’s “Job Squad” of campus intern-ambassadors.

September 26, 2014
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Melissa Massello

Bentley University’s Millennial Preparedness research study raised a number of issues about millennials in the workplace. In the coming weeks, PreparedU, in a series entitled Generational Voices, will present opinions from millennials and non-millennials alike on a wide variety of these issues.

September 26, 2014
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Joey Carregal and Charla Skaggs

This week, millennial actress and recent college graduate Emma Watson gave a powerful speech to the United Nations, launching the UN’s new solidarity campaign called He for She, which urges men to look at gender equality as more than a women’s issue — and for women to stop thinking that feminism is anti-men.

September 26, 2014
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April Lane

NowUKnow examines millennial minds and issues, informed by research data, expert opinion, and reportage about the professional and personal lives of Generation Y.We are on the brink of a technological revolution that will lean hard on fresh ideas from young start-ups and reward innovative millennials with membership in a small but rising meritocracy.

September 26, 2014
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Meg Murphy

Bentley President Gloria Larson joined Bloomberg Radio hosts Pimm Fox and Carol Massar on September 24 to continue an examination of millennials in the workplace.

September 26, 2014
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Vic Schlitzer

Millennials report that they want fulfilling work at companies that allow them to make a positive impact on society. But when it comes time to look at a very generous job offer from that big financial institution that just paid a huge fine for tax evasion, do millennials let money and career trump ethical irresponsibility? When a company like CVS decides to stop selling tobacco, do millennials applaud its virtue or question its fiduciary responsibility to shareholders?

September 19, 2014
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NowUKnow examines millennial minds and issues, informed by research data, expert opinion, and reportage about the professional and personal lives of Generation Y.We know the millennial generation is the most liberal in the modern era — but, beyond that, familiar categorizations fail. Frustrated analysts have described millennial politics as a smorgasbord of paradoxes, self-opposing beliefs in constant metamorphosis, or, simply totally incoherent. 

September 19, 2014
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Meg Murphy

It’s no secret that the rising cost of student debt is a growing national crisis: the latest numbers suggest that seven of 10 college seniors last year graduated in debt; the total student loan burden in America today currently tops $1.2 trillion, a number that has tripled in the last decade, and at an interest rate of up to 12 percent.

September 19, 2014
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April Lane

Research on millennials, conducted by Bentley University and others, consistently indicates that more mentoring, hands-on opportunities for learning, and a comprehensive grasp of technology are all initiatives that can benefit millennial career preparation while in college.

September 19, 2014
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Dennis Nealon

As Bentley’s PreparedU research revealed, a majority of managers report that most college grads aren’t ready for the workplace. That’s yet another reason why showing up for that interview or first day on the job with new ideas could help impress. This list of “how-to” books — including new reads and old standbys — goes beyond what you (and your boss) might expect.

September 19, 2014
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Kristen Walsh

NowUKnow examines millennial minds and issues, informed by research data, expert opinion, and reportage about the professional and personal lives of Generation Y. Millennials are possibly the most optimistic generation this country has ever known.  

September 12, 2014
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Meg Murphy

Everyone is still trying to figure out millennials, including millennials themselves. As we noted a few weeks ago, millennial writers like Raffi Wineburg are fed up with older generations constantly scrutinizing their very existence.

September 12, 2014
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April Lane

Managers and millennials continue to misunderstand each other on the job, raising concerns for employers who want to retain this talented generation, according to Bentley University’s PreparedU research. As we grapple with the “hows” and “whys” of these issues, it’s time to put aside RSS feeds and 140-character limits and pick up a good book.

September 12, 2014
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Kristen Walsh

Bentley University’s Millennial Preparedness research study raised a number of issues about millennials in the workplace. In the coming weeks, PreparedU, in a series entitled Generational Voices, will present opinions from millennials and non-millennials alike on a wide variety of these issues.

September 12, 2014
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Marina Hare and Alan Hoffman

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