Boomer vs. Millennial: Guiding Thoughts for Interns and New Employees

[su_row] [su_column size=”1/1″]

Boomer vs. Millennial: Guiding Thoughts for Interns and New Employees

blog2aWe’re wrapping up our Boomer vs. Millennial series. So far, we’ve met industry expert Ian and Progress Lighting intern Tae, we’ve heard their perspectives, picked Ian’s brain – and today, we get to hear Ian’s advice for those who are just beginning their career in the lighting industry.

Yesterday, we gave Tae the chance to ask Ian his most pressing questions – and now, we take a closer look at Ian’s top advice for Tae.

[/su_column] [/su_row] [su_row] [su_column size=”1/1″] What advice would you have for a new intern or employee?

IAN: Ask a lot of questions. We have a lot of knowledge at this company – and people want to help other people. A new person starting out at Progress should be on a mission to absorb and learn as much information as they can.

What do you wish you knew starting out?

IAN: When I started, I had a very limited business background. When you’re dealing with customers on an executive level, it would have been helpful to have more business knowledge and sales experience gained through schooling or internships.

What is rewarding about your job?

IAN: It’s rewarding when you’ve coached or taught a representative – you’ve really tried to make a difference – and you see that a light has gone on and it finally clicks for them. My job is to plant seeds, build relationships and help them discover solutions for themselves.

Thank you for following along with us in our Boomer vs. Millennial series! If you haven’t seen the other three parts – click on the links below.

Boomer vs. Millennial: Introducing Ian and Tae
Boomer vs. Millennial: Industry veteran, college intern share perspectives on the workplace
Boomer vs. Millennial: An Intern Interviews 43-year Associate on an Ever-Changing Industry
Boomer vs. Millennial: Guiding Thoughts for Interns and New Employees
[/su_column] [/su_row]