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How Gen Z can succeed during a recession, from a millennial who’s been there – Forbes

The current pandemic is unprecedented, but there are some clear economic lessons to be learned from the 2008 financial crisis. – Elizabeth Segran

How Gen Z can succeed during a recession, from a millennial who’s been there

I found this article on LinkedIn today, and while it’s geared towards the Gen-Z generation looking for work from the perspective of a millennial, I could relate to it. As many know, I’m clearly and proudly a Gen-X person, but my career was on hold in the early 2000s as I took some time off to be a stay-at-home mom. When I went to rejoin the working world, I had a hard time getting back in, and just as I was about to make some headway, that same “Great Recession” described in the article hit. So, me restarting my career coincided with the millennials, and unlike the 70% of millennials who have eventually gotten permanent jobs lasting 5 years or more, I’m still stuck in the gig economy–not by choice.

That said, ignore the bit about the generational stuff in this article, and focus more on the rest of it. It talks about the benefits of having to steer a career through a gig economy then and now, and that we will emerge from it. It’s not going to be easy–it hasn’t been easy so far–but there are some good takeaways from this article that could benefit everyone who is fearful about losing their job due to COVID19 right now.

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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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