Millennials, Here’s Why Job Titles Don’t Matter Anymore

I can’t tell you how many times my Dad used to ask me about what exactly it was again that I was doing for a living.

Coming from the “black and white” world of accounting on Wall Street, he wasn’t satisfied with my answer that didn’t fit neatly into a box like lawyer, doctor, or teacher. As the founder of an online community, I was proud of my work and wanted badly to convey to my Dad what I was up to—but he always seemed to respond with a blank stare followed by defeated resignation.

 

 

What I’m finding is that I’m not the only one having this problem. In fact, the majority of the millennials I talk to today are opting for work that’s not clearly defined.

The millennial worker today wears many hats—whether that’s copywriter, marketer, sales strategist, or bookkeeper. We’re adaptive to the shifting demands of a fast-paced work environment and the skills we need to learn are often just a Google search away.

This week on the Unconventional Life Podcast, I interviewed one millennial woman who’s on the leading edge of nontraditional work and thriving.

Meet Tash Price, the business developer and manager of Engine House VFX, an award-winning UK-based 2-D, 3-D, CGI and VFX animation studio who has served clientele like BBC and Sony. Engine House VFX covers a wide range of projects within advertising, gaming, architectural visualization and film. Their work has been featured online, on TV, at events, and in films and games.

“You’ll get into the conversation of what you do for a living and you’ll say animation and people can’t quite seem to grasp it. They’ll quickly move on and they seem confused by it because it’s not the standard job role,” Price says.

But according to Price, the conversation doesn’t have to stop there. Rather than moving on, you can educate others about what you do in a way that promotes connection and redefines what it means to work in the 21st century.

I spoke with a number of other millennials who are finding fulfillment in nontraditional job roles, and here’s what they had to say:

  • Job Titles Don’t Reflect Lifestyle. In the past, jobs were much less integrated than they are today. Going to work meant punching in a time card at on office for a designated number of hours. Today, technology enables millennials to work seamlessly from their devices so that being “on” and “off” the clock is less rigid and more fused with lifestyle.
  • • Eric Termuende, an entrepreneur, speaker, and the author of Rethink Work, says, “With the capabilities of technology increasing so quickly, the ability to work from more places, using more devices, longer hours every day makes the job less about the seemingly limited title, and more about the holistic experience. In many cases, the title doesn’t encompass the life Millennials are living as a result of the job (or jobs) they are doing.”

Price’s animation studio is embodying this new “integrated” work model. ”Instead of having hundreds of people sitting behind a cubicle we have a small core team and we work with lots of freelancers who are based all over the world. It means everyone gets the lifestyle they want and we can hand-pick the artists we want for the job. We’ve got people working in Turkey, Sweden, Iran, the US, the Netherlands, Japan,” she says.

  • Job Titles Act As Constraints. Today’s millennial workers may have bigger ambitions than previous generations. Just a few decades ago, only a marginal percent of American workers held a college degree, and the majority of women preferred to stay at home.

As millennials tackle a host of global issues, both men and women are rising to the occasion with a shift towards businesses that do social justice. 92% of millennials believe businesses should be measured by more than profit. Undra Robinson, a millennial entrepreneur, says “Millennials believe our potential in life is limitless and want to change the world, and job titles only add constraints. They are polar opposites.”

Millennials Aren’t Motivated By Job Titles.

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Applications Manager Director

 

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FOCUS: Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices in power conversion systems

Location Durham, NC

Salary

$165,000 – $185,000

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Date

Feb 03, 2017

 

·        You will be responsible for managing several teams of globally dispersed engineers and technicians to develop technical collateral to support the adoption of Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices in power conversion systems.

·        This includes system architecture study, developing reference designs, performing comparative case studies and direct customer technical support to help sales win design sockets for SiC products.

·        A successful candidate will have a strong understanding of the selling process and experience directly supporting customers with technical product specifications, product selection, system design, reliability, quality and manufacturing process.

·        This position requires interaction with customers at all levels of power system design/development, components quality engineering, procurement and general management.

 

Responsibilities:

·        Provide technical support to FAE’s and technical marketing groups.

·        Lead technical discussions with customers in Asia.

·        Develop and document reference designs for power converters using SiC devices.

·        Participate in new device development

·        Provide technical training for sales or distributors.

·        Lead and manage a growing power applications team dispersed globally.

·        Perform other miscellaneous duties as required or requested from time to time.

·        Requirements:

·        10+ years in the design and development of power conversion systems.

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Client Relationship Business Development Director

 

KEY WORDS: BPM, Outsourcing and IT Services

 

Location

Dallas, TX

Salary

$125,000 – $135,000

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Degree

Bachelor

Date

Nov 02, 2016

Enterprise Services and Consulting Sales Professionals Only!  This is a Client Relationship Manager Sales Position. 

Up Sell and Cross Sell additional services to existing clients.  This is a virtual position and can be located in any major city.

 

We are looking for an experienced, results-driven Business Development Director to sell our BPM, Outsourcing and IT Services.  This sales person will be responsible for growing revenue in existing clients nationwide.  Target verticals include Healthcare, Public Sector, Hi-Tech, Retail and Consumer Goods.  

 

On target Earnings of $250,000 plus with strong escalators and no commission cap! 

 

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

Takes initiative in a sales & marketing leadership role by establishing the client brand and increasing revenues within the existing client base.

Utilize consultative selling techniques in positioning IT project services and BPM solutions to help clients achieve bottom-line financial business improvements.

Develop and maintain client relationships with key decision makers for these target accounts, through sales calls, networking events and written communication.

Deliver consistent, quarterly sales performance while exceeding expected revenue targets

Maximize resources and tools available to establish and maintain an opportunity pipeline 3-4X assigned quota

Prospect, qualify and execute all opportunities using the Client Sales Process

Provide accurate and detailed revenue forecasting and deliver consistent, quarterly sales performance, while exceeding expected revenue target

Ensure long term customer success: transition new client relationships to our customer success team

 

Qualifications

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Plant Manager

 

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Location

Toledo, OH

Salary

$145,000 – $155,000

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Degree

Bachelor of Science

Date

Oct 03, 2016

 

SCOPE OF POSITION

This position manages all aspects of operations at the facility in Toledo, OH. The plant manager ensures the safe operation of the facility, ensure environmental compliance, is accountable for the achievement of plant performance objectives and product quality, and monitors plant expenditures and budget. This is the top leadership/management position at the facility.  Would report to the Regional Manufacturing Manager. 

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RESPONSIBILITIES 

Accountable for ensuring reliable and cost effective operations while meeting or exceeding federal, state, corporate and industry standards and leading practices in Safety, Environmental, Responsible Care® and Quality.

Continually improve the plant’s safety record by addressing both physical safety issues and employee safety attitudes. Provide leadership and support of a behavior based safety culture at every employee level.

Plan, organize and direct operations ensuring the most effective return on assets.

Responsible for management of the Toledo facilities annual operating and maintenance budgets.

Successfully develop and implement annual business plans (financial, safety, environment, quality, personnel, etc.) in alignment with regional and corporate objectives.

Develop and execute Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures (OGSM) for assigned area and confirm linkage to regional and corporate business strategies.

 

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Information Technology (IT) Security Consulting Services Director

Woodland Hills, CA
Salary
$120,000 – $175,000
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Degree
Bachelor of Science
Date
Oct 03, 2016
Job ID
2408170
Director- Information Technology Security Consulting Services
ITS | Woodland Hills, CA, United States – Prefer candidates currently at Manager or above level with a U. S. based Big-4 or national CPA / Consulting firm. We offer an exceptional career opportunity featuring a very reasonable work life balance, Google HQ style work environment, and an exceptional compensation and benefits package.
Specialized boutique accounting and consulting services firm looking for an Information Technology (IT) Security Consulting Services Director to help double the size of our firm in three years.  As a result, you will have the opportunity to grow your career in a collaborative environment that is a playground for highly skilled, self-motivated professionals.  You will oversee several concurrent project teams to review and assess the IT environments, risks, and controls related to information confidentiality, integrity and availability for companies that range from newly public high growth entities in rapidly changing environments, to the largest entertainment and public companies in Los Angeles. 

 If you’re interested, here is the challenge for your first year:

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Finance Manager Corporate Manufacturing Accounting

Location
Evansville, IN

Salary
$105,000 – $115,000

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Date
Sep 16, 2016

 

Responsibilities:

  • Audits financial data and documents to assure accuracy, completeness and compliance with policies, and procedures and applicable government regulations;
  • Ensures SOX compliance efforts in Finance and Accounting.  Coordinates SOX compliance with the Information Technology and Purchasing areas;
  • Coordinates periodic reviews of balance sheet accounts; standardizes accounting processes across a decentralized organization;
  • Responsible for ensuring proper segregation of duties are implemented within Oracle using GRC;
  • Reviews and approves security profiles for systems usage throughout the company;

Education:   Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required. Graduate degree preferred;

Required Skills:

  • 5+ years overall accounting experience;
  • CPA required;

 

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Director of Commodity  

Location
Evansville, IN

Salary
$120,000 – $170,000

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Degree
Bachelor

Date
Aug 23, 2016

 

  • Identifying, developing and promoting collaborative sourcing strategy and solutions driving changes in suppliers, processes, systems while meeting and/or exceeding savings, service, capacity and growth requirements;
  • Managing staff to ensure departmental goals are achieved;
  • Working collaboratively across the company to improve overall cost, service and on-time delivery performance;
  • Developing new and enhancing existing processes, systems and programs;
  • Proactively measuring, monitoring and reporting key performance indicators such as cost savings, inflation, on-time delivery, backorders, etc.;
  • Negotiating agreements addressing capacity, risk and supply while meeting business objectives at the lowest total cost.

Education:   4-year degree required; Business, Engineering, Supply Chain or related disciplines preferred.

Required Skills:

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Chemicals Plant Maintenance Manager

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Location
Pensacola, FL

Salary
$110,000 – $160,000

Degree
Bachelor of Science

Date
Sep 14, 2016

 

A large chemical plant (over 1200 employees) is looking for a talented Maintenance Manager to join their team. The plant is located in Pensacola, Florida. Candidate must have 10-25 years of experience – Very stable job history and excellent communication are required. Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering  REQUIRED. Candidate from the chemical or pulp and paper industries only.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Own and lead the Plant PM Pillar
    • Champion development, implementation and use of PM Pillar tools including PMs and Failure Analysis
    • Support the Plant Autonomous Maintenance (AM) activities
  • Lead the Technical Department
    • Develop and lead the Department’s Annual Master Plan and 90 Day Plans
    • Track and communicate key technical results
    • Provide direction and coaching for 3 shift Technical Department employee
  • Responsible for managing the Technical Department budget and the Plant M&R budget
    • Understand plant spending and develop plans to address gaps
  • Lead Technical Problem Solving
    • Lead problem solving for equipment breakdowns
    • Determine root cause for failures
    • Implement systemic solutions
  • Provide technical and leadership support for on-site capital projects
  • Develop technical capability in plant technicians
    • Provide coaching to operators as needed

Essential Functions:

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Scientist – Engineer – Polymers – Rubber – Chemicals

 

         

Location  Boston, MA

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Salary  $120,000 – $150,000

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Degree  Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctorate

Date  Sep 09, 2016

Our client, a global manufacturer of chemical raw materials, requires an applications development technologist to lead activities for their Industrial Products segment, which focuses on a wide range of rubber products such as hoses, belts, and a variety of molded and extruded rubber parts.  This influential role is critical to position the company as the development partner of choice with customers. The successful candidate will work in partnership with Marketing and Technology  to define product development strategy.   Job Responsibilities:

  • Works in partnership with Global Marketing to define global segment product strategy, and with regional commercial and marketing personnel to define project priorities and allocate resources.
  • Collaborates with global applications development colleagues
  • Creates broad and deep understanding of the range of Industrial Products applications, including required and valued use, performance attributes, corresponding product requirements, and technical/ product applications of current and future market trends.
  • Defines technical capabilities required for the Industrial Products market. Develops and maintains “center of excellence” knowledge and expertise in order to provide insight and expertise of performance in applications, expertise in necessary rubber processing steps  and performance of  company versus competitor products.
  • Manages complex, multi-year projects, involving integration of multiple sites and functional areas. Leads design of creative solutions to applications challenges.
  • Assembles cross-functional project teams to manage product development projects.
  • Oversees and coordinates labs and lab testing and analysis of new applications complex product performance issues. Develops and enforces statistically rigorous applications test capabilities and works to develop and implement global testing standardization. Develops novel testing methods.
  • Provides consistent and excellent customer support and service, to promote and enable adoption and use of existing and new products and develops capabilities through ‘center of excellence’ work.
  • Protects company technology through adherence of intellectual property standards.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering

 

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Automotive Engineering Senior Manager

Location
Oak Park, MI

Salary
$120,000 – $180,000

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Date
Sep 05, 2016

This is a very unusual and very exciting new position that we have just received. The client is a European manufacturer of specialty off road and construction vehicles used throughout Europe. They take stripped down chassis/powertrain units and join them to specialty cabs for customers all over Europe for many different applications. They have decided that it is in their best interests to purchase the components for the stripped down chassis/powertrain units in the US, and then assemble them here, and then ship the unit to Europe. They are looking for the “first American” in their company who will be their “guiding light” in terms of what to buy and where to buy the components for these units, and then build and lead a facility and hire people to assemble these units. The company is very successful in Europe, but knows that the components that they need are better and cheaper here in the States–They need someone who has extensive engineering background, both to include powertrain components and the assembly of them. See description below for more details.

The Powertrain Assembly Engineer shall be responsible for technical realization of up building the vehicle from the stripped down chassis.  The role will answer directly senior management who will quantify the amount to be produced and the timeline that the vehicles are needed.
Given that the main role of the Powertrain Assembly Engineer is to build the vehicle the candidate needs to have established connections within the Automotive industry.

The ability to train and supervise employees on the factory line. The candidate will in effect be the supervisor of the facility.
The work is to be performed at in assembly plant environment. We are looking for a candidate who possesses considerable amount of creativity and initiative and expresses a high level of independent judgment.
Desired Skills:

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