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Management in Training

Talk to almost any millennial and you’ll hear the same story. Many young professionals today are struggling to get ahead as quickly as older generations. Despite stellar educations and hard work, the promotions are just not always available. Due to tough economic times, baby boomers have remained at their jobs for far longer than anyone would have predicted. Many of these boomers have occupied managerial positions that would otherwise be given up to a younger generation – delaying the promotions of those further down the corporate ladder. 

One of my recent podcast interviews with Alexandra Levit, a former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a current writer for the New York Times, shed light and hope on this issue. The boomers are finally beginning to retire and make room at the top. As they do, millennials should be prepared. Millennials outnumber Generation X, so as management positions open up, millennials will be needed to fill them.

Here are a few tips that you can do now to prepare:

Tip #1: Network

Networking is the fastest way to the top. When a new job is available, you often don’t hear about it. Why? Because the hiring manager already knew the person they wanted to select. Although it takes time, networking is an investment in your future. 

Tip #2: Get Involved in Your Community 

Organizations like SoundCheck provide young professionals a unique opportunity to grow their leadership skills outside of work. But, don’t just join and become a passive member. Get involved. Look for opportunities to join a committee, lead an initiative, and make a difference. The more you put into an organization, the more you’ll get out of it. And, the more you’ll have to showcase on your resume! 

Tip #3: Brush Up on Your Skills 

If it’s been a while since you graduated from college and you haven’t had the opportunity to manage people, consider signing up for a leadership course. Within Memphis, there are multiple great organizations to check out, including New Memphis Institute and Leadership Memphis. Both organizations work to develop top talent, and will help to improve upon your leadership skills. 

Tip #4: Find a Mentor 

There’s nothing better than finding someone to help you grow your career in a one on one setting. Look for a leader who represents qualities that you admire and is in a position you aspire to be in one day. Set up regular meetings to check in on your progress. Ask your mentor questions about their career path and important lessons they learned along the way.

Tip #5: Keep Your LinkedIn Up to Date

You’d be surprised how many companies use LinkedIn to identify potential candidates. When the time comes for you to move into a more senior role, it’s important that your LinkedIn reflects all the great stuff you’ve been working on. 

If you’re a millennial, your promotion is just around the corner. Use these tips to be prepared when the time comes to step up and lead. 

Angela Copeland is CEO/founder of Copeland Coaching,, and author of Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job. She also hosts the Copeland Coaching Podcast on iTunes. You can follow Copeland Coaching on Twitter (@CopelandCoach) and Facebook (

Posted: 8/3/2015 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments
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