I’ve now got a kid for a boss – what can I do?

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I’ve been at my company for 20 years and now someone half my age and experience has been brought in to be my boss. I can’t afford to quit, but I don’t think I can stomach the smug attitude of this generation. Any tips?

Hosting a Zoom viewing party for your colleagues of the movie “Boss Baby” could be funny, but also potentially career limiting. Alternatively, try to manage your ego (not to mention your sweeping stereotypes) and reflect on why this person was made your boss and see what you can learn from it. You might even consider what you can learn from this person. You may have more experience, but is it the right experience? Do you need to learn new skills or ways of thinking? The best thing is to give yourself options, so don’t give your new boss any reason to think that you are resentful, otherwise the option of keeping your job may not be your decision. Your boss may feel self-conscious too and could learn something from you.

I’m completing my junior year in college and still haven’t been able to line up an internship for the summer. I can get a job as a server or something, but won’t that look bad on my résumé?

Did you hear that? It’s the collective groan of millions of service workers quoting “The Godfather”: “What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully?” I know there’s a lot of pressure from parents and schools to score a summer internship with a top-notch firm that will look impressive on a résumé, and of course, it’s great if you can land one of those, but most can’t. Do you want to know what else looks great on a résumé? Hard work. Many successful professionals can tell interesting stories from doing all sorts of jobs to put themselves through college. It doesn’t sound like you need the money, so do you want to know what else will look good on a résumé? Volunteer work. There’s no shortage of foundations, causes, and nonprofits who can use the help. The only thing that will not look good is doing nothing. Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this advice as a gift.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive and is dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work. E-mail your questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at GoToGreg.com.

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