January is the perfect time to add some new value, knowledge and career advice to your Twitter feed.
We’ve seen lists of Gen Y career experts before, but they typically recycle the same names, and there are always new and interesting people to learn from. (Plus, if your Twitter bio says you’re a proud grandfather, chances are you’re not Gen Y, so please stop acting younger than you are.) It’s time to shift the spotlight to some fresh faces who have more than enough expertise to bring to the table.
So here are nine Gen Y careerists to follow in 2013, in random order. Not all of the people below tweet 100 percent about career advice, but their career paths are inspiring enough on their own.
Brian is a media and TV reporter for The New York Times. He’s a stellar modern day reporter, frequently tweeting from the scene of his newest stories. He’s even featured in the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times. If you aspire to work in the field of journalism, be it digital or traditional, you can learn a lot by following Brian.
Another reporter to make the list, Jenna writes about higher education for the Washington Post. Whether you’re applying to college, attending a university, about to graduate or trying to leverage your recently acquired degree, Jenna has something to offer. Aside from reporting on education, she tweets stories by other authors that any member of Gen Y can find useful.
3. Megan Berry
Megan was employee number four at Klout but has since left to become Director of Community at Rebel Mouse. With a focus on tech, Megan shares fascinating articles worth reading for any budding technology or marketing executive.
4. Josh Miller
Another for the techies out there, Josh Miller is the 22-year-old CEO of Branch, which is described as “curated groups of people [who] are invited to engage around issues in which they are knowledgeable.” The best links on Josh’s Twitter feed are discussions occurring on Branch, including this fascinating read about our generation and “success theater.” It’s also worth noting that Josh was recently named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.
5. Rachel Haot
Rachel, too, was recently named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” for her work as the Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York. Her Twitter stream skews more towards a New York audience (given her job), but she also shares many job opportunities, as well as exciting articles about technology and public policy.
6. Dan Klamm
Dan serves as the Director of Young Alumni Engagement in NYC for Syracuse University. Outside of that, he always curates the coolest job opportunities and employment statistics. And if you ever have a career question, a popular phrase among his followers is, “What Would Dan Klamm Do?”
7. Kevin Grubb and Shannon Kelly
Together, Kevin and Shannon write the blog social @ edu, which discusses the intersection of social media and higher education. Separately, they serve as Assistant Director of Career Center Student Services at Villanova University and Associate Director of Career Services for the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Their focus on career advice for undergraduates is valuable for aspiring professionals at any university.
One of the youngest member of this list, Lauren offers valuable insights for any recent grad. She’s one herself (of Western Carolina University) and the National President of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Lauren shares a spectrum of insightful articles about PR, the job search and young professional life in general.