Houston, TX – We know that Baby Boomers are retiring at such a rate that we can’t replace their talent and experience overnight, and yet it seems many Baby Boomers do not recognize the talent in their organizations. I know the talent exists and this blog series will highlight everyday people doing extraordinary things. Fortunately, these young professionals are being recognized in their organizations and there are lessons to learn from each of them.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jared who is the Director of Hospital Systems Strategy at US Anesthesia Partners, at the age of 27. Jared is a graduate of Texas A & M University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and is currently pursuing his MBA from Colorado State University.

Jared feels he has his dream job right now. Jared said “I look forward to going to work every day. In large part, it is because my supervisor is also my mentor. I work in a very nurturing environment where my supervisor provides feedback, coaching and believes his boss completely supports him. It is a great feeling and one I do not take for granted. In addition, the CEO of the company models the values of the company and throughout the community. In the last three years, our company locations suffered from Hurricane Irma, Harvey, and the Las Vegas massacre. Our company donated significant resources to each market to help rebuild. I am proud to work for an organization that puts people first and has built such a strong brand”. This is great advice to all employers today as this is what your professionals expect in their careers.

One reason that Jared is valued at work is that he is passionate about finding solutions to problems. He is keenly observant and looks for ways to find solutions. This is the kind of initiative that is valued. Jared comes to work every day to make sure he contributes towards the progress of the organization.

Jared shared a specific example of this when the situation at work looked bleak. Jared explained that “we had a situation at work where we missed a deadline for a submission of a proposal. While we were told the deadline had passed and there was nothing we could do, I could not sit by and make excuses for a missed opportunity. I talked with my boss and decided to contact the company directly. I explained the situation and told them we honestly misinterpreted the guidelines. We were given the opportunity to resubmit our proposal within the next 2 weeks. Even though the situation looked hopeless in the moment, I believe because of our company’s reputation, brand and our honest approach, helped us work through the problem.

In addition, Jared is also passionate about his faith and his family.

Jared attributes his success in life to his positive family environment. Although his parents divorced when he was 5, they did not let divorce come between raising their two children. Jared also feels fortunate to get along well with his stepmom. My mother’s upbringing allowed her to pass along to us that nothing should be taken for granted. My dad taught me the value of a dollar and I had to work to earn.

I asked Jared if he had advice for younger professionals entering the workforce and here is what he said, “I think young professionals today expect too much too fast. It seems many young people come to work with an entitlement attitude or blame others when their life does not turn out like they expected it to. Shift your expectations. You might be feeling too scared or frustrated but know you must put in the time to get what you really want. A college degree does not guarantee a dream job it is only the beginning of taking the first step. The next steps are up to you.”

I asked Jared to help baby boomers better understand about some of the biggest misconceptions people have about people his age. Jared said: “Sometimes people will not give us a chance or give us some initial experience to get started in our careers. An example is I wanted to be in medical device sales, but I had no sales experience. I knew I could do it, but they would not take a chance on me. So, I went out and secured a job selling mobile homes. Not using my degree field or full capabilities, but I had no sales experience. I applied everything I learned and became the number one salesperson in the company. Now armed with sales experience after one year, I was able to apply for the medical device company. I spent the next several years working in a variety of healthcare positions including with Johnson and Johnson, on the orthopedic consulting side and learned about trends in medical insurance, hospitals and cost-cutting measures etc. All of the experience created a strong foundation for me to have the position I have today. It gave me depth across the industry.”

It is critical to stay current in today’s fast-paced global society in which we live and work. Jared keeps up to date by loving to read and look for things each day to stimulate his mind. Jared is also well rounded as he loves sports and being physically active. He has a thirst for knowledge, lifelong learning and has a variety of interests.

Finally, I asked Jared what question do you wished I asked and did not? Jared said I wished you had asked me about Talent Development and how a lot of companies have shifted away from investing resources in retention. I can honestly say I wish I had asked the question.
As the interviewer, I would describe Jared’s success in large part because of the depth of his experience, energy, authenticity, problem solver and strong work ethic. Jared has what I call the X-factor, you might not be able to describe it, but you know it when you see it.