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Wanted: Millennials

Posted: April 3, 2018 — by Andrea Scribner

There’s no doubt that millennials have a bad rap when it comes to communication and face-to-face socialization. I’ll admit, there have been times when I am walking down the hallway on our campus and I have to swerve out of the way of a texting millennial, but I’ve also seen quite the contrary.  I’ve come across students who show great maturity and leadership skills, far beyond what I possessed as a college student at their age.  We have many students who take advantage of all FM has to offer; they have grown into leaders, respected adults, and are ready for their next step after graduation.  For many, that next step will be seeking employment.

In Debra Donston-Miller’s article, “Workforce 2020: What you Need to Know Now,” in Forbes Magazine, by the year 2025, 75% of the workforce will be made up of millennials. In a few years, employers will have no choice but to hire millennials – which has several advantages.  There are many benefits of hiring millennials as each year after our job fair at FM, employers make it quite clear that they (millennials) are a sought after population.  Not only are millennials educated, they have technical and social media skills, they can offer a fresh perspective, and they are easily trained.

At FM, we also offer many opportunities for students to build their leadership and communication skills. Clubs, student government, athletics, community service, professional conferences, and classroom presentations provide students with leadership roles.  Through these opportunities, students build their skills for the workforce or to further their education.  Many of our students will use these skills at our annual job fair.  This year’s job fair will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Raiders Den located in our Physical Education Building, 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown.

Students, as well as community members, are encouraged to attend this free event. Whether someone is thinking about attending FM, curious to find out the most sought after degrees, simply ready to join the workforce, or looking for a change of employment with the opportunity to network, the job fair is a great place to start.  My biggest tip is to come prepared: dress professionally, bring several copies of your resume, and put those cell phones away – eye contact is key!  Also, be sure to express interest while meeting with employers and learning about all they have to offer.

On behalf of Fulton-Montgomery Community College, FMS Workforce Solutions Center, and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, we hope you will join us and be part of FM’s annual job fair. Questions?  Feel free to contact me at (518) 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8161.

Andrea Scribner is FM’s Education and Career Planning Specialist.

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