How to Network with Younger People, Effectively

June 21, 2019

 

When was the last time you reached out to network with someone at least a generation younger than yourself?

 

If you struggle to answer that question, you’re not alone. According to the nonprofit Gen2Gen, a mere 6% of Americans over 60 said they had discussed “important matters” in the past six months with someone younger than 36 who is not a relative.

 

As a career coach, I’d say that’s unfortunate. One reason: having young people in your professional network can lead to more job, freelance and consulting opportunities as well as greater job satisfaction. At a time when there are five generations in the workplace and people are working longer, cultivating a robust cross-generational network has become critical to long-term career success for people in their 50s and 60s.