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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. 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

Editor’s Note: The virtues of internships are well recognized by employers, universities and millennials alike. Bentley’s PreparedU research also probed the impact of parents on their children’s decision to pursue business, the importance of millennials’ knowing what to expect when they enter the workforce, and whether workplace relationships between millennials and other generations need improvement.

September 5, 2014
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Kevin Ma

In this week’s round-up of recent stories, we’re taking a deeper look at the way that millennial students are shaping the educational landscape, instead of being shaped by it.Student-Built Apps Do What Colleges Couldn’t

September 5, 2014
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April Lane

Last week, we introduced you to Epsilon, a global marketing-services company with a groundbreaking approach to creating a working culture where all of their employees thrive and their millennial associates, in particular.

September 5, 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 5, 2014
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Meredith Mason and Charlie Shaw

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. These views may contrast or coincide, but each will provide perspective designed to enhance insights resulting from the PreparedU data.

August 29, 2014
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Women are leveraging their knack for collaboration and team-building to successfully tackle public policy and government issues — a sector in which they are grossly underrepresented. But is what they bring to the table really different from men? In true political fashion, the question is up for debate.

August 29, 2014
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Kristen L. Walsh

At a convocation rich in pomp and tradition, Bentley University welcomed the Class of 2018 to campus August 28 with a words of wisdom from a digital age marketing strategist dubbed the “millennial master of the universe ” by Fast Company.

August 29, 2014
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David Rosen

Although the United States still ranks a disappointing 23rd on the Global Gender Gap Index, personal finance social network WalletHub had some good news last week for Massachusetts, just in time for Women’s Equality Day: In its 2014 in-depth analysis of the Best and Worst States for Women’s Equa

August 29, 2014
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April Lane

With more than 5,000 employees in 60 offices worldwide, marketing-services company Epsilon has a huge opportunity for impact with each of its policies and practices.

August 29, 2014
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Melissa Massello

When a cause goes viral, massively so in the case of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, there’s little doubt that millennial enthusiasm is behind much of it. Indeed, here at Bentley, President Gloria Larson rallied millennials and others by dousing a millennial staff member to support the cause.

August 21, 2014
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Vic Schlitzer

It seems like whenever older and younger generations try to understand each other, there’s a language barrier. If you’re a parent who has tried to reason with a teen, you understand all too well. It’s also true when it comes to millennials in the workplace, mostly because of the labels that come along with them: entitled, lazy, demanding.

August 21, 2014
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Susan Adams

Editor’s note: In recent weeks, the PreparedU Project has invited successful and accomplished executives to share insights into how women can help themselves and each other achieve success in the workforce. PreparedU research gave young millennials high grades for their skills, and so now we turn to millennial women students for their perspectives on preparing for a career.

August 21, 2014
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Catherine Kershner '15 

There’s one career strategy that is rarely considered but could prove useful, even pivotal, in the advancement of young women in the workplace.It is simply this: Stop and find out if women exist in the upper echelons at a given company. Are there any women in the executive suites or on the board of directors? If you can’t find any, watch out.

August 21, 2014
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Meg Murphy

Editor’s note: In recent weeks, the PreparedU Project has invited successful and accomplished executives to share insights into how women can help themselves and each other achieve success in the workforce. PreparedU research gave young millennials high grades for their skills, and so now we turn to female millennial students for their perspectives on preparing for a career.

August 14, 2014
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Carolyn Jenkins 

Let’s not fool ourselves. Qualified women of today are unlikely to find themselves on the board of directors at top companies in Massachusetts. However sad and counterproductive, this is a statistical reality. Yet there are reasons to hope for strong and lasting change. Every year, the business world is held accountable and pushed forward by the annual Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers of Massachusetts Public Companies.

August 14, 2014
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Meg Murphy

In the competitive nonprofit sector, charitable organizations constantly have to prove themselves and their relative merit, to the general public and to funders, just to survive. Some believe that this requirement to prove worth especially reflects what women in business do every day. And it may explain why many of America’s charitable organizations are (and historically have been) driven by female leadership.

August 14, 2014
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Melissa Massello

Too often, millennials are condemned for their high expectations on the job, especially by the baby boomers who are doing the hiring. Younger workers want more family time, well-paying jobs, rapid promotions and raises, praise for their performance, respect from colleagues, and the chance to make a difference in the world. (I bet older workers want all that too!) Are millennials being realistic or are they reaching for the impossible dream?

August 14, 2014
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Susan Adams

Forthwith, some random thoughts prompted by Bentley’s PreparedU research … ruminations on gender and success, workplace skills, accomplishment, surveys themselves and helicopter parents — even as we begin to turn to “Millennial Minds,” which will move center stage next month.Traits traditionally associated with gender may be becoming less relevant, and even less accurate.

August 7, 2014
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Vic Schlitzer

Sometimes good deeds do not go unpunished, and advocacy by women for women, sadly, may be one of them. Other times, good deeds escape punishment, as when women become top financial managers and investors reap the rewards. Good deeds can also leverage female talent in the form of partnerships that lead to highly successful businesses. This week’s round-up has the details.Women and Minorities may be Punished for Promoting Diversity at Work

August 7, 2014
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April Lane

There are three things that have been important for me during my academic career. If you’re a student, or know a student, maybe you’ll find them useful.Blend your serious and creative sides. I’m often asked why I picked my major combination — marketing and media arts.

August 7, 2014
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Marinella Yule '16 

They often get labeled by managers as self-centered, but if you really sit down and talk to millennials, you can begin to understand that they actually just want to get better at what they’re doing. This applies to their jobs, their families and their impact on the world. Simply put, this is an ambitious group of men and women.

August 7, 2014
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Susan Adams

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