How 20 Is The New 30 In Today's Workforce

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By Gadi Ben-Yehuda

What makes today's young professionals different than previous generations?

For the past decade at least, Americans have been subject to variations of "40 is the new 30." A mantra that is supposed to allow older people to do the things that had previously been relegated to younger people, either because their bodies were more capable, or society looked at those activities as within the province of youth.

There has been a general acceptance that in many ways, our idea of what it is to be 40-meaning both what is possible and what is acceptable-needs to change. But few have looked at how the opposite is also true: Even as 40 might be a new 30, in terms what we are physically able to do, 20 is also a new 30 in terms of what we are mentally and professionally capable of doing. And the big driver of that is social media coupled with mobile technologies.

In fact, there are three ways that millennials, members of Cathryn Sloan's generation, are correct when they say that their age belies their experience.

First, they understand networking in a much more sophisticated way than the 20-year-olds of generations past.

Second, they likely already have an extensive network of many diverse people.

Third, the understand that they are responsible to their network all the time, because they are connected to it 24/7.


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