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How Do Millennials Network Differently from Older Generations?

Posted By Mary Le, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How Do Millennials Network Differently from Older Generations?

By: Mary Le, Intern



It amazes me how people are intrigued and curious about my generation, Millennial. Whether it’s on the Internet, radio, or in magazines/newspapers, people are constantly comparing us to the older generations. Recently, I read a few blogs and articles on how differently my generation networks compared to the older generations. Some of what I read seemed true to me, but I was curious how Millennials like me network differently than the older generations. Paul Hanscom, Ewald’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, was nice enough to share with me his experience in networking earlier in his career.


Technology today makes networking easier and faster. I mainly network with other people online. Many sites help make networking way easier and faster, such as Google Hangout and LinkedIn. Many Millennials are very tech savvy, so we are often glued to our phones and don’t interact with people face-to-face as much. With fewer face-to-face interactions, I feel like people in my generation don’t go and take advantage of networking events. However, it was interesting to hear how Paul didn’t have the type of technology that I have to network with others. Paul told me that he couldn’t even use the phone and the Internet at the same time. When he was applying for jobs, he would either use the computer really early or really late in the day, because he feared missing an important phone call if he was on the computer during the day.


Another change that I’ve read about in an article is that Millennials are not afraid to connect on a personal level. This was interesting to me, because when I asked Paul why he networks, he says he does it to get what he wants. I think Millennials do have the same goal — to get what we want when we network — but we add a personal connection to obtain what we want from networking. Also, this article highlighted how being passionate about something is very important to us. It is sometimes the source of starting up a new conversation with a new potential connection.


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