Yesterday was one of my favorite days at Engauge. It was our “Entern” day, where we have a bunch of young people come to the office to spend time with our team, getting to know the agency and generally getting a feel for agency life. We spend a lot of time with our interns and I think its working.
I closed out the day and, never one to pass down an opportunity to speak to a group ;), I decided to give them a challenge. I pointed out that I was somewhere around 15 years older than most of them and I challenged them to finish this sentence, “In 15 years, I want to…” I told them to structure the remaining of that sentence against their career.
The answers that these bright, passionate, energetic, young people gave were incredibly thoughtful. I expected to hear things like, “vice president at an agency” or even, “owner of my own business”. Instead, here is what I heard:
- To be fulfilled in what I’m doing
- To matter
- To love my career and have started a family
- To make a difference
- To contribute to society in a meaningful way
- To be valued and appreciated
I was really blown away by their thoughtfulness and quite frankly their honesty. I’m not sure I could put a finer point on the difference between today’s young 2o-somethings and their parents’ generation.
So the question is, how would YOU answer this question?