Share Tweet Rasha, what do you consider typical characteristics of your generation? I would say my generation is impatient and expects instant results. We prefer responding to emails and dislike drawn out meetings. We are multi-taskers and operate more efficiently this way. What do you expect from corporate leadership in today’s business world? I expect support and structure that is continually adapted to new technology. This also allows us to do our jobs more efficiently and makes it more enjoyable. What engages you most in the workplace and what makes you go the extra mile? I work directly with our clients and their expectations are high. Always being correct and making them happy motivates me to do the best job I can. What is your preferred way to communicate in the workplace? I prefer to communicate via emails and instant messaging. When you choose a job, what do you look for in a new challenge? I always hope to learn something new but I also try to find something that will use my past experience. Its also important that I believe that what I am doing is making a positive impact. What kind of development opportunities do you expect to be offered by your employer? I have been told that if I pass my certifications that I can progress and move up in the company. I know that I have a great future as we grow. Please complete this sentence: For me, my job is… … a way for me to achieve my dreams and accomplish my goals. What are the priorities during this phase of your life? Pay off my debt and start to save for a house. Generation Y Rasha Bitar, Senior Operations Associate at Spire Wealth Management, based in the United States. How do you balance your personal and professional life? Its very difficult to balance the two, I think at a certain point you just have to remember that work is important but the reason I work is so that I can enjoy life. So when I leave work I try not to check my email or go on a computer at home. What historic events, values or philosophies have influenced you most to become the person you are today? How did they shape you? I was the oldest child in my family and growing up my parents taught me to stand on my own two feet. They helped me to be confident in my skills and dedication and to value myself. This influence helped me to become a dedicated employee and a valuable asset to my company. Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why? I believe my biggest influence has been my father. He taught me from a young age that if you want something that you have to just take chances and go for it. Hard work and dedication pay off but you have to take risks. Given the world’s current political and economic situation, what’s your personal outlook for the next decade? What will be the main challenges for corporations and their leaders? I am hopeful for the next decade. I feel that we are make decisions today that will benefit us in the long run but I think more needs to be done. We need to work together and let go of our differences – our futures are all at stake. What do you wish your colleagues from other generations would know about Gen Y? We are not all the same. We have ambitions and we want to do a great job. Thank you, Rasha, for these valuable insights!