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Thank You to The Kansas City Star for Featuring Jennings Social Media & MarTech: Today’s youths aren’t buying into gloomy forecasts

Posted by: Chelsea Lewis, social media marketing manager of Jennings Social Media & MarTech

Thank you to the Kansas City Star for interviewing Valerie Jennings, CEO of Jennings Social Media & MarTech, and Alli Heitzenrater, intern at Jennings Social Media & MarTech, about how new graduates are entering into the work force in a unique way.

Alli Heitzenrater and Valerie Jennings

The traditional 9-to-5 workplace is yesterday’s route to fulfillment, said Valerie Jennings, 33, who launched Leawood-based Jennings Social Media & MarTech nine years ago this month. “It’s a completely different culture, a completely different mindset,” said Jennings, whose company encourages its young staff to broaden their skills by working for a variety of part-time employers. “We don’t want to own them, and they don’t want to be owned. We want them to be entrepreneurial and multidimensional, to lead healthy lifestyles. That’s more important to us than telling them how to live,” because, she said, a happy and unencumbered worker performs better (even when lacking benefits). Recently, she flew in a 2012 graduate of Penn State, Ali Heitzenrater, for internship training. Heitzenrater’s previous internship was for a magazine aimed at college-age women. All 35 or 40 interns worked from their homes, unpaid but earning course credits so long as they hadn’t already graduated. “I like working from home a lot,” said Heitzenrater, who is schooled in creative writing. “It feels pretty independent … but in 10 years I hope I have only one place of work.” Their knack for new technologies will help them seize the future, many millennials believe. Facebook this summer is paying some engineering interns $6,000 a month, fostering the impression that the digital age is poised to create lucrative jobs, not kill them.

Read the entire article here.

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