(by Georgia Beasley) Most of the articles about Millennials in the workplace are about managing and getting the most out of your Millennial employees. While I believe that all GMs and managers should still be focused on attracting more Millennials to Radio, recently I’ve also seen a new trend in our industry… The Rise of The Millennial Manager in Radio. Is our industry just managing Millennials or creating Millennial Managers?
I decided to reach out to some of the top millennial managers our medium has to offer and asked them for their raw and unfiltered advice on what others in our generation should prepare for if they choose to get into management. If you are a Millennial in Radio and you’d like to become a manager, here are 3 things you’ll need to prepare for, straight from the top millennial managers in our industry.
First off, I had to stay true to form and keep it 100% real. I thought it was vital to stay far away from any advice that painted a picture that the path to management in our industry would be rainbows and unicorns because any millennial manager knows that is farthest from the truth. So while these tips may not be easy to take, hopefully they will better prepare our aspiring generation to navigate the management journey as effectively as possible and hopefully be a part of the change needed in our industry.
Be Prepared to Speak Up. As one Millennial manager put it, “I always tell people that they need to raise their hands. If you want to grow, no one is going to tap you on the shoulder and ask you to. You need to be vocal about your goals and ask for opportunities.” Furthermore, a different manager added, “Be ready to do the work without the title. Ask for extra responsibilities, such as, pulling reports for your manager to get familiar with certain daily tasks. You should learn the skills and act as if you were in the role before the role is available.” There won’t be any glorify at first but you’ll be learning what to do and building equity in yourself since you don’t have management experience.
Be Prepared to Move. The reality is, you may have to move away from your family and friends to an area that you don’t want to live in but if you want to be in management bad enough, you will. That being said, another Millennial manager who had to experience this told me, “I’m so glad I was able to experience my first management position in a smaller market so I could learn from any of my mistakes and not be on the radar as much.”
Be Prepared to Respect. The most surprising advice I received was, “Always respect people with more experience than you in the industry. That does not mean you have to agree- you just have to respect. Being too outspoken will work against you. If someone is giving you advice- that has been doing this 20 years- take it- and do what you think is best.” Older generations expect our generation to be out-spoken and emotional; and they think they know more than us but the reality is, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. Either way, if you want to become a manager you need to pick your battles and respectfully listen because the one thing they do have is more real-life experience so embrace that and learn from it. Regardless, you’ll surprise and impress them for not reacting like they expected you to.
Georgia Beasley is the director of TopicPulse strategic initiatives at Futuri Media and can be reached at [email protected]