Young women from the millennial generation are coming into the adult world with eyes wide open.
They are the generation taking charge and going against stereotypes, even with many cards stacked against them. The millennial woman is a different kind of beast, finding exciting ways to break through success barriers like some of the following.
Women are Seeking Leadership Positions
There was a time when it was hard for women to catch a break. Some of these women just wanted to be given the opportunity to work and earn a living like men.
Thankfully, times have changed. Women no longer want to be a cog in the machine or the wind beneath someone's wings, which is the reason many are turning their attention to leadership roles.
Ownership is Queen
Employers have had a problem with millennials for some time. Many of them have noticed that a good chunk of millennials is simply not loyal or interested in sticking with a particular job for too long. Men and women of this generation are always looking ahead.
One reason this is happening is that millennials are the multi-career-minded generation. Millennials look at jobs as placeholders meant to help them reach their actual goals. Taking this a step further, women of this generation seem to want to own a business rather than getting stuck working under someone else.
This is one way women are breaking stereotypes. No one is saying that women did not own businesses before, but the wave of female-owned businesses is hitting high notes because of this new generation. The fact that many women are interested in lifting the next big company off the ground means that leaders of future industries are going to be composed of more women, which should change the dynamics of business.
In short, it is okay to be aggressive and feel empowered because you are not the only woman out there with a juggernaut of self-confidence ready to propel forward.
Reigns of Power From Within
Yes, there is a group of women who are hoping to entirely so they can start their business. It is great that you are hoping to do this, but that is not the only path that women seem to be taking. There is another group of millennials who are not interested in taking on such a big risk, but that does not mean they are not ambitious.
Some women of this generation are hoping to climb to positions of power within the company they are working at. It used to be hard for women to move up in their careers while working, but that is no longer the case. Some women can simply take a few management courses online to earn the necessary degrees to qualify for a promotion.
Of course, it is important to declare your intentions to your superiors. This shows initiative and confidence. You may also get a few pointers from your superiors about the kinds of positions available and the skills that would prepare you for the new responsibilities.
Taking management courses could also help you later on if you ever decide to start your own business as it will give you theoretical knowledge on how to properly grow a business from the ground up. Those with families may want to talk to their partner about helping out a bit. Most partners in the millennial generation seem to be adamant about being helpful, so this is probably not going to be an issue.
Sisterhood of Empowerment
Millennials have a lot of good ideas. You can find a host of business ideas from empowering women by simply typing this keyword into a search engine. The problem is that many of the people who have the power to invest in a small company are men, and they seem to favor guy-driven businesses.
Some could argue that the reason this is happening is that of sexism, but the problem could be that men do not understand the solutions female-led businesses are attempting to solve because some could be sex-specific. This highlights just how essential it is for women who are becoming successful to turn back and help other sisters out. No one is saying that you cannot invest in a guy's idea, but give both sexes an equal opportunity.
The good news is that millennial women are paying attention to each other. There is a growing number of female investors who are looking to invest in women with good ideas. Those who are seeing positive outcomes in your business and profits should consider setting some aside to help other businesses get off the ground. Investing gives you the opportunity to move the pawns of leadership around, which is ultimately going to be good for everyone.
One of the most significant changes to hit the corporate world is flexibility and the telecommuter employee. The change has been slow and not every business has adopted it, but more businesses are granting flexibility to workers using telecommunication tools.
In essence, people can work from home or as they travel from one place to another using smart technology. This happened because women did not want to sacrifice quality time with their families to concentrate on their careers. Should women continue to push forward? Yes, a big and loud yes, because a better future is coming over the horizon, and women just like you power it.