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Millennials: The Resilient Generation


This article has been submitted by Resilience Coaching Consultancy, RW Learning

Generation Millennial is a fascinating group to decode. From their incredibly tech-savvy nature to their insistence on career progression, Millennials’ diverse, plentiful collection of skillsets is certainly desirable from an employer point of view. In recent months, much research has been conducted into the importance and presence of resilience in the Millennial group.

When a report entitled “Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges” recently went viral, it signalled a growing interest in resilience. As a result, we thought we at RW Learning would look deeper into ways in which businesses can benefit from employing individuals from the group.

What is a Millennial?

To explore the importance of resilience in Millennials, first we need to define the meaning of the word.

According to the Business Directory, Millennials are:

“The generation that follows Generation X, with birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. Many parents of this generation were “Baby Boomers,” thus making it the largest generation since the boomers. This generation is more likely to lean liberal in their political ideology, less likely to practice religion than previous generations, and grew up in the age of technology and therefore are very versed in technology. Also known as Generation Y.”

What is resilience?

A basic definition of resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and toughness’. When applied to the world of work, resilience is incredibly important. In the fast-moving world we now live in, professionals need to be able to adapt.

Generation Resilient

By being resilient, professionals can future-proof their career. Below are a few qualities that see many define Millennials as a resilient generation.

Desire for feedback – The majority of the generation insist on feedback, wanting to gain as much experience and knowledge from a post as possible. As a result, Millennials tend to build close bonds with their managers, striving to impress whilst exercising and building on their skills.

Making a difference – Being connected to the world on a constant basis, Millennials tend to have their finger on the pulse with regards to national agenda topics. Being politically-aware, Millennials want to make a difference with their work, providing an infectious passion that businesses can benefit from.

Natural collaborators – Sat at the centre of the Gig Economy, Millennials are natural collaborators, able to work with people from various backgrounds and of different abilities. By speaking the truth, listening and engaging with others, Millennials can go a long way in building an inclusive working environment.

How to create a resilient workforce

Thinking of ways to instil resilience in your young workforce? Here at RW Learning, we offer a range of services to businesses, having worked with some of the UK’s biggest brands over the years. After conducting research into your company and its practices, we can build bespoke solutions that achieve the following outcomes:

  • Promoting personal health.
  • Developing balanced thinking styles.
  • Managing unhelpful emotions.
  • Using interpersonal relationships and resources.
  • Applying strengths, values and purpose.
  • Creating performance-enhancing work/life patterns.

Contact us today for more details.


Over the past 6 years, Rachel has been working specifically within the digital marketing space and has worked with some of the country’s top brands. During this time, Rachel was a key attribute to the success of our sister product, Recruitment Buzz, which has firmly established itself as one of the leading publications within the Recruitment sector. Drawing on her knowledge and experience, Rachel has developed a genuine understanding of how content can engage and compel an audience.

Having a passion for travel and culture, Rachel left her hometown of Cardiff to pursue studies and travel and after several years away, Rachel returned to Cardiff and firmly established herself within the development of Business News Wales. Rachel is now responsible for every aspect of web management, marketing and overall production of the Business News Wales brand.

Having learnt some invaluable skills within the marketing industry, Rachel is often called upon for her skills and knowledge of WordPress, HTML, email marketing software, Photoshop design and social media tools.


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