Share Tweet Jessica, what do you consider typical characteristics of your generation? We are tech and web savvy. Gen Y was born into an emerging world of technology and have grown up surrounded by smartphones, laptops, tablets and other gadgets. As a generation we are constantly plugged into technology and it becomes a central part of our lives. We are also family oriented, which is why we prefer flexible working arrangements. Having a work-life balance is important to us. We are ambitious, Millennials are more confident to take on important roles within organizations as soon as they begin. We are team-players and enjoy collaboration and we are good communicators, especially when it comes to emails, Facebook, Twitter and other social media avenues. What do you expect from corporate leadership in today’s business world? They lead by example, inspire collaboration, make those around them better, are great coaches and mentors and genuinely care about you as a person and want you to grow. The most effective leaders have a win-win situation mindset. They do this by driving business results and contributing to your career growth, potential and advancement concurrently. Jessica Johnson, Recruitment Consultant at WilsonHCG. Jessica is American and lives in the United States. What engages you most in the workplace and makes you go the extra mile? I am really motivated by getting excellent feedback from my clients and being trusted to take on higher profile accounts and being asked to take on projects outside of my position because my managers know I can be trusted to do a great job. What kind of development opportunities do you expect to be offered by your employer? A plethora of training opportunities, mentorship, the ability to take on extra projects outside of my role, conferences, webinars. What is your preferred way to communicate in the workplace? I work in a virtual environment, so I prefer video conferencing sometimes as opposed to regular conference calls. I also don’t mind emails if it is not something too intense or complicated, however there is nothing like picking up the phone! What are the priorities during this phase of your life? I have been with a great company for almost a year, so one of my priorities is to grow professionally and take the next step into a more advanced role with more responsibility. I have some personal goals that I am going to continue to go after and just know that I am never going to be perfect, but as long as I put everything that I have into every day I am going to be successful. How do you balance your personal and professional life? This is something that is very difficult for me since I am a recruiter and I am always trying to connect and network with people no matter where I am. I just try to always make sure I keep a work-life balance and if I meet people while I am out that are looking for career advice, I can just give them my info so they can call me during work hours and we can have a longer, more in-depth conversation. Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why? A college professor who I still go to for advice today. I was struggling a bit in college my first couple of years and I wasn’t sure if the major I was in was right for me. He told me that I needed to be happy, that was the most important thing and I needed to do whatever necessary to make that happen. So, just like that I switched majors. It may seem simple, but I have taken that advice and applied it to every aspect of my life today, especially my career. Please complete this sentence: For me, my job is… … rewarding and offers me challenges that continue to push me out of my comfort zone and I am amazed by the things I can accomplish that I thought I would never even attempt. What do you wish your colleagues from other generations would know about Gen Y? That we are very motivated. We are not happy just doing the bare minimum, we want to do work where we can make a difference and a real impact. We want to be seen and be noticed. We are creative and forward thinking and we want to be able to think outside of the box and be able to express ideas freely. We also love to collaborate and share ideas which make us a great asset to any company. Thank you, Jessica, for these valuable insights!