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Generation X — not millennials — is changing the nature of work

Generation X is quickly occupying the majority of business leadership roles.

Source: Generation X — not millennials — is changing the nature of work

Thanks to Alyssa Fox for posting this one on Facebook. While the article is about a year old, everything about it still holds. As a member of Gen-X who has looked into how my generation fits into the world, this is spot on. We covet security of a full-time job and are willing to take on the leadership role and provide loyalty if it is earned. We know how to bridge the gap between generations because of the fact we really are in the middle. We are the first generation to be digitally savvy and embrace digital fully.  We can do it!

But, as this article points out, we still need support for our professional development. We need the flexibility to learn in the best way possible. We need to feel supported instead of always feeling the need to do the supporting. We need the opportunity to grow. As the article said, the oldest among us still have at least 10 years minimally to go, and as much as 30 years left in our careers.

As the Simple Minds song (which is practically an anthem for Gen-X due to the Breakfast Club, who represented our generation), don’t you forget about me.

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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