Generational labels can seem arbitrary, but most researchers will agree that it is the shared experience of major events that bonds any particular group. Whether you are a “Boomer”, a “Gen-Xer” or a “Millennial”, there is a common attitude that while not entirely universal, seems prevalent enough to provide characterization.
So, working with, and being a parent of Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000), I have some real regard for this confident and ambitious group of individuals. While some detractors might be frustrated with the impression of over-reliance on technology and narcissistic outlook, I prefer to focus on positive traits such as self-assurance, desire for fulfillment, the value of work-life balance, and optimism about the future. This is, without understatement, a connected generation.
So, in my life and work in clinical research, I am attempting to apply the principals of connectedness. What does this mean exactly? Well, finding relationships between what we do here at JCCR and the impact on the greater community. Embracing new ways of asking questions and finding answers. Seeking a balance between the old and new.
I can’t turn back my odometer, but I can focus my energy on the present. Millennial mindset? Yes, please!