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Define the Experience You Expect at Work

August 7, 2014

There is a belief by some that kids of the millennial generation have a feeling of entitlement. As a parent of millennials, I would have to accept responsibility for creating some of these little monsters, but aside from my 25 year old daughter being a bit of a “princess” at times, I agree with those who believe the entitlement thing among millennials is overblown. Nicole Neves is perfect example of this. Nicole is a senior at UMASS Lowell studying marketing and management, and an intern for the College Relations/Talent Acquisition department at Kronos. Reading her guest post, you’ll see she takes responsibility for her work experience, and realizes that what she puts into it is a huge component of her workplace happiness. Funny, some people never figure this out, but this kid has. Thanks, Nicole.

Nicole NevesWe all have a vision of our future and as we get older our visions often change. I’m not saying you didn’t want be a data analyst at the tender age of 4 but most of us thought being a princess or an astronaut was a lot more plausible. Eventually, we learn and our thoughts, values, personality and outlooks begin to develop and transform us into the adults we become.

When I went to college and chose to study business I had a terrible image painted in my head of what my future was going to look like. Picture this: thirty years old, rotting in a cubicle and gathering dust like a forgotten toy waiting to be picked up again. Sounds super fun, right? No, no it does not. But I knew corporate America could offer me a stable career with adequate income therefore, I figured I could compromise my sanity. As ridiculous as all of that sounds, I’m not the only person that has had that exact thought. The media often portrays corporate America as a miserable, political battle field that you will be deployed into, defenseless. That may or may not be entirely true, nonetheless I slowly realized I had a choice of what battlefield I was going to be playing on and it wasn’t about what the arsenal I didn’t have. In corporate America you need no weapon other than confidence, drive and passion. This all occurred to me when I began working at Kronos.

The culture at Kronos is something I didn’t even know existed. Who knew you could go to work in an office wearing jeans? Not me. But the amazing culture at Kronos is not what got me hooked. It was the responsibilities I was trusted with and my manager. I have had the privilege of working with Kronos’ finest, Keri Vadala. The internship program is her pride and joy. She allowed me to help her plan events, do research on ways to improve the program and so much more. I’ve developed a passion for this program, much like Keri’s. It is an amazing feeling to go home and talk about my job with such excitement. As I previously mentioned, I never envisioned my career to be all that fulfilling but life is what you make of it. Will I be working in college relations at Kronos in 5 years? Who knows? What I do know is that I will do everything in my power to find a job that makes me as happy as this one.

We often harness this fear that we will hit a dead end in our career and just become another face in the crowd at the office. Sure, that could happen but only if you allow it to. If you aren’t happy with what you’re doing, change it. Do the work no one else wants to do. Take on projects that are presented to you and dedicate all your efforts into going beyond what was expected of you. Corporate America is not the enemy in the battle; you are your own enemy. Fight for what you want, with passion. It’s not easy but don’t let the naysayers influence you. There is something out there for you, go find it and don’t stop until you do.

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