Being a Millennial is rough. People accuse you of being entitled, being lazy, not wanting to lead and being obsessed with social media. While some of this may be true for some Millennials, it is not true for all. And let me just say, I find these stereotypes insulting.
For those who don’t know, a Millennial is also known as a member of Generation Y and is born sometime between the early 1980s to the early 2000s. However, I have many friends who refuse to acknowledge people born in the late nineties on as Millennials.
Anyway, a lot of older people believe that we think we should get awards just for showing up and that things should be handed to us. You know, because we’re “entitled.” Don’t you think going to school for years and working hard to understand your field and show you learned (comps, anyone?) would make a person feel entitled to a job? It’s not like I want just any old job handed to me. When I apply for a position, I’m applying for a reason. I saw something in the post that made me feel like the position is perfect for me. And I don’t know many people who demand a high paying job right out of school. Most people just want to work!
We also network, but it seems like this is a problem for some in previous generations. I read a story about a young woman around my age using LinkedIn to connect to another professional only to be denied a connection and insulted in the process. It’s such a shame that people who should be leading us and giving us advice are being rude and tearing us down. I’ve had it happen to me and I still have moments of anger and hurt as and when I think about it. Hearing that people my age are “lazy and just don’t want to do the work” was a slap in the face, but I use it to motivate me because I know it isn’t true.
But let’s remember we’re also an important part of society. Companies are constantly trying to think of ways to reach us or sell products. They look to social media first to reach us since we’re so “obsessed” with it.
We’re the future so don’t let anyone get you down. Just keep pushing and it will all work out. Let’s also be better to those younger than us. Let’s give them advice so we can show those who came before us who much better we can be.