Here is an article that I recently found on the Huffington Post written by Hadyn Shaw.
A couple years ago, the senior staff to one of the top leaders of the Department of Defense asked me for the most important advice I could give them for attracting and retaining Millennials. I gave them two words: emerging adulthood.
Millennials make up 70 percent of their workforce, and most of them are going through a new life stage called emerging adulthood, which begins at 18 and ends around 27 years of age. It comes after adolescence and before early adulthood.
The main reason that I like this article is because the writer distinguishes between Millennials and Emerging Adults. Younger Millennials are still emerging adults; however, soon it will be a new generation experiencing the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
We should not believe that Millennials will always behave a certain way because it is how they acted as emerging adults. Millennials will change and develop as all generations.
If you don’t know the characteristics of emerging adulthood, here are some articles to help you understand.
- Characteristics of Emerging Adulthood (part 1)
- Characteristics of Emerging Adulthood (part 2)
- The Three Developmental Tasks of Adulthood
Dr. G. David Boyd is the Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults.