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A Gen Yer Joins The Conversation.

My name is Katie Konrath and I'm a member of Generation Y. Since Sarah is going to be launching some very interesting new initiatives in the next couple months, I'm here to lend her a hand.

Hi Generations X, Y & Z blog readers,My name is Katie Konrath and I'm a member of Generation Y.Since Sarah is going to be launching some very interesting new initiatives in the next couple months, I'm here to lend her a hand.I will be keeping an eye out for news and events impacting Generations X and Y, and sharing what I find in a weekly guest post on this blog.Just so you know a little more about me, here's my story about how I became interested in the changing workplace, and eventually connected with Sarah:When I was in college a couple years ago, I had no idea how much the workplace was changing. In fact, I was terrified of picking the wrong college major because what someone studies in college determines the rest of their life… right?Then, when I went to graduate school, I decided to study the American workplace for my Master's dissertation. I wanted to know what to expect when I entered the workplace, so I could set myself up for success.What I found was that the only thing that can be predicted about the workplace is that it is now completely unpredictable. People my age can't count on getting a steady job, or even working in the same industry for their entire careers. Younger generations are now completely on our own.I also discovered that younger workers are finding creative ways to deal with the uncertainty of the workforce. We're starting our own businesses, and pushing for a better work/life balance – and we're trying to create our own job security by learning skills that will keep us employable for the future.In late 2008, I met Sarah Sladek when she was speaking at an alumni event for Luther College. Since we are both interested in how the workplace is changing, we had a lot to talk about, and she invited me to contribute to her blog during this busy time.So here I am, and I'm looking forward to keeping the conversation going on the Generations X, Y & Z Blog.

Sarah Sladek

Concerned about declining engagement in our nation’s membership associations, non-profits, and workplaces, Sarah Sladek founded XYZ University, the nation’s first and only generations-focused training and engagement strategy company, in 2002.

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