Gen Z: Creating a Career Blueprint for Success

Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group, LLC collaborates across corporate, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to build a pipeline of leaders that deliver greater productivity across workplace generations. Through our Looking Forward Lab, we provide innovative and interactive approaches to leadership development, with a focus on supporting Gen Z as they enter the workforce.

In our effort of “Galvanizing 1,000,000 Leaders,” we help young professionals identify tools to create a career blueprint for success that not only aligns values and purpose, but also helps to track progress along the way. This proven framework is a must for early career professionals and can help boost the ROI of both Gen Z employees and those hiring and managing them. If you are a member of this amazing cohort of emerging leaders, here are four tips to help get you started.

Request early executive coaching.

While some professionals wait to pursue this valuable resource once they are more established in their career, executive coaching can actually be equally or even more beneficial for someone just starting out in the professional world. This investment can ultimately lead to greater success in the workplace and empower you to achieve your goals at a faster pace.

Entrepreneur reports that, “As employees climb the ranks, they find their way into management without necessarily learning the skills and techniques required to lead. Many new managers turn to a trusted mentor such as a more experienced manager whom they wish to emulate. The problem is, being a mentor is voluntary and is based on lived experience. Unlike mentors, executive coaches are tasked with improving the performance and capabilities of their clients as their day job.”

Take advantage of attending in-person and/or online conferences and training sessions.

These events not only help to boost your knowledge and professional skills, but also provide an opportunity for networking and support. The Muse notes that, “Even though you’re out of your structured schooling years, it’s important to keep learning. Attending relevant conferences, webinars, lectures, and seminars will not only keep you on top of your professional game, but it will also help you broaden your horizons, make new connections, and be seen as an expert in your field.”

Utilize alumni services.

Remember to utilize your undergraduate and/or graduate career services office, as alumni can typically still access these resources. According to Fast Company, your alma mater wants you to succeed, even if you graduated years ago. Whether you need help polishing your resumé and cover letter, practicing your interviewing skills, or accessing job opportunities and growth experiences, reach out to your Career Services or Alumni Engagement office.

Seek professional development opportunities.

Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group, LLC is harnessing the energy and passion of Gen Z by providing curated in-person and virtual cohort learning and training, online courses, and group and individual coaching via tools designed at the intersection of needs and interests. We also offer a community to network with and support each next step of learning. Visit our website for more information, or contact us today! And be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, and TikTok!


Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group, LLC is a certified National Supplier Development Council

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Small Business Administration (SBA) Woman Owned

Small Business (WOSB), and Women’s Business Enterprise Network Council (WBENC) woman-owned company. The company is comprised of a suite of brands, including TDB Group Strategic Advisory, a management consulting firm; Looking Forward Lab, a media content company focused on Gen Z, which partners with corporations and higher education systems to offer a full-service learning engagement model that delivers workforce development solutions; and Cooper+Lowe, an incubator for women interested in transitioning to entrepreneurship and thought leadership using the tools of a company that has successfully scaled.

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