Jun 18, 2015 • By

Career advice for Millennials

There’s been a lot of talk about Millennials in the workforce. This year, in the U.S., the generation of roughly 75.3 million 18 to 34 year olds is projected to overtake Baby Boomers.

A recent survey about what Millennials want from work concluded that the generation’s greatest work-related fears are: “getting stuck with no development opportunities, not being able to realize their career goals and not finding a job that matches their personality.”

We wanted to try and lessen Millennials’ career concerns, so our Recruiting team hosted a Twitter chat where some of our Millennial employees shared advice.

Recruiting managers selected four employees from different divisions of the company, to bring a variety of perspectives and personalities to the conversation: Alex Popp, engineer, One Global Meals; Katherine Guarino, marketing communication planner, Cheerios; Shannon Heine, assistant communications manager, External Communications; and Mitch Hawes, planner, Audience Development.


During the lunch hour on June 4, they answered questions and gave unfiltered advice using #GenMillsChat.

“We were comfortable with them being transparent about their experiences and what they felt would be good advice,” says Britta Dihel, external communications specialist, Human Resources.

To kick off the hour-long chat the @GenMillsCareers team posed questions related to interview preparation, qualities to look for in a company, ah-ha moments, connecting with others and cool projects. Followers of the chat were invited to ask their own questions.

Here’s a sample of their advice:

Katherine’s advice for connecting with others at a large company was: “Coffee chats = great excuse to meet people in a large company & get your caffeine fix…Find someone you admire in the company who can mentor you. Join networks and clubs. Reach out to randos.”

Mitch’s response to @rxfeixh’s question about staying confident in an interview was: “Try to remember that interviews are also about you seeing if the company is a good fit for you. You’re interviewing them.”

Shannon said her first ah-ha moment when she started working full-time was: “Like everyone, I wanted a job that would excite and challenge me every day…I learned quickly that my career would be what I make it — I make a point to raise my hand to take on new projects…New projects, new opportunities make each day more interesting and challenging.”

Twitter follower @Sarah_E_Cupcake asked: “After graduation, should you wait for a dream job or look for any job right away for experience?” Alex Popp’s response was: “Even if you accept a different job to start with, there’s no reason why you can’t find your dream job in the future!”

Visit #GenMillsChat to see the entire Twitter conversation.

Another chat, focusing on the experienced hire – the job search, resume advice and adjusting to a new company – is planned for later this summer.

“Our approach to social media with General Mills Careers has always had three main focuses:  to provide career advice to anyone looking for a job, provide a look into what it is like to work at General Mills, and keep others in the know of when we have opportunities to join our General Mills team,” says Britta.

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