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Millennials rule the valley: Enjoy it while it lasts

Tom Kaneshige | March 27, 2014
Gen Y wants -- and is getting -- the most sexy jobs in the Silicon Valley. However, CIO.com Senior Writer Tom Kaneshige lets millennials in on the dirty little secret of the valley.

"The problem we're working on is one worth solving," Halbert told SFGate. "In contrast, it was a trivial product I was working on before." Writing in his blog, he says, "I made this leap after years of half-heartedly searching for more meaning in my daily work."

I have a few young friends who have taken pay cuts to work at organizations driven by social causes, and I marvel at their convictions. But they are, as always, on the fringes of the workforce. Most young people are restless to get on living what they think is the good life, which usually involves material wealth and expensive trips. After all, memories cost money. Yet millennials have painstakingly learned that such things are fleeting, not just from the aftermath of the dot-com bust but the financial crisis that followed on its heels. I imagine it's a lesson that must be learned again and again for each generation.

Perhaps this lesson is beginning to take hold for the next generation's technorati. My rant was inspired by Lu's insightful observations on Silicon Valley — if you care anything about the valley, it's a read you should make — and so I'll give her the final words, which I admire because they carry a kind of hopefulness that can only come from a younger, smarter generation weighing its choices.

 

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