Age is a very high price to pay for maturity Tom Stoppard, British playwright.


For all in HR, share this with your younger Millennials.  If you be one, read it carefully; twice is best.

 Workers in their 20’s are typically more impatient, are more easily disillusioned, more demanding, more mobile, more ambitious and more impetuous than their older colleagues. Many feel disengaged at work. Most are lacking in one thing – sagacity: the capacity to make sound and considered judgments; to be wise, discerning and far sighted. This is compensated, in part, by an ability to learn quickly.

 If you are in work, whether it be part-time, casual/contingent, full-time or contract and you are in your 20’s consider the following: they come from observation, from common sense and, you guessed it, sagacity.


  • Get yourself a ‘ticket’, that is, get a qualification in something, whether it be a certificate, an apprentice, an internship, a diploma or a degree. The ‘ticket’ is the foundation upon which to build your career. Once you’ve got it, it’s yours forever
  • Aim to learn at least one thing about your workplace and yourself each week – write it down in a learning diary
  • Adopt a self development strategy that will see you engage in continuous learning
  • Express to your employer a hunger for training – take what ever training you can get for free
  • Identify the very best workers in your workplace. Learn from them and emulate, or better still, exceed their achievements
  • Practice and practice until you learn how to turn off after work – the earlier you do this in your career the easier it will be
  • Understand early the concept of a work-life balance
  • Make your own lunch and take a jar of coffee or tea
  • Recognize that you need to do something about any bad workplace behavior that is directed at you from either colleagues, superiors or management  – take action immediately and talk to someone sensible and whom you trust outside of work. And listen to the advice they offer
  • Understand your rights and entitlements and raise any issues of concern to you with your supervisor, your supervisor’s boss, the HR unit or the relevant union
  • Avoid credit cards – use a debit card
  • Don’t borrow from a friend for soon you’ll have none
  • Don’t lend money to a friend for you’ll lose both
  • Borrow smart – it’s best to borrow to make money than loose it
  • Understand the criticality of superannuation and retirement savings plans. Aim to contribute 12 to 15 per cent of your salary. To do so will see you, between the years of 20 and 65, accumulate $600,000 or more in today’s dollars. Also resist any temptation to access these savings before retirement as you may have 30 or more years in that space
  • Plan your retirement: start now
  • Establish a savings budget and stick to it
  • Buy a second hand car – leave the new car for those who can’t afford it
  • Find your passion early and find a job where you can give expression to it even if it takes a while to get the right fit
  • Understand the risks to your health and safety at work and take steps to reduce such risks
  • Find and keep a mentor
  • Undertake the self assessment tools found in this eBook that are especially relevant to you. Revisit them from time to time to see how you are tracking
  • Listen to, observe and learn from those you admire
  • Read, read, read. Listen, listen, listen
  • Establish interests external to the workplace and cultivate friendships there – look for a mix of friends
  • Understand the threats and opportunities faced by your employer and manage your career accordingly
  • Know your talents and your weaknesses and advance the first and work on the second
  • Deal with crap now, don’t reflect on it decades on
  • Set personal goals that challenge you yet make them achievable with effort
  • Be very careful with your Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, Second Life and similar postings or your tweets or blogs, as inappropriate, obscene,  imprudent, malevolent posts may be regretted by you and inimical to your employer’s or prospective employer’s interests or values. Employers are increasingly performing pre-employment screening via social media. Whilst this raises significant ethical and legal questions the fact is that employers are resorting to this form of candidate checking yet few will ever declare the fact.  Remember, stupidity is never erased by regret
  • Stay fit and healthy and take steps early in your career to reduce your risk factors
  • Think before you execute, not vice versa
  • Be well mannered as manners matter
  • Accept the fact that your folks have been around a bit more than you and chances are they’ll know stuff that you don’t
  • If you live under the roof of your folks you do so for one reason – economics! So, take this charity as a great opportunity to save, save, save
  • Get a mortgage that is manageable and kill it as quickly as you can
  • Do not rest easy on the inheritance from your folks for you will, most likely, have retired by that time
  • Be authentic, stay natural


From:  Leadership with a ‘T’ -  a forthcoming eBook ( yep it will be out one day)


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