For thousands of years there have been two types of people, those who are given everything, and those who work for everything. It is our generation’s burden to take on the stereotype that everything we attain, was given to us – and if it was not given to us, we weaseled our way into acquiring it. “Millennials expect everything to be handed to them” is not the most marketable label. When walking into an interview, or meeting a new professional, the last thing you want them to think of you is that you have been given everything and every opportunity on a silver platter. Have no fear, there is still hope for you, millennial!
In a workplace that is more competitive than ever, it is every students main goal to make themselves as hirable as possible. There is one way to ensure you are seen as a self-made man or woman and not a lazy, entitled child. WORK HARD. It is impossible for someone to look at you as daddy’s little girl, if you take advantage of every opportunity you are given and try your best. Regardless of your past, who you know, where you came from, or where you want to be, if you give everything your all, you too, can achieve self worth.
In a world where connections and networking have, in some minds, surpassed the importance of GPA and involvement, it is hard to not agree that everything is given to us. Many people will tell you, “Meet as many people as you can, extend your network, then you will be guaranteed a great spot in the workplace. It’s about who you know, not what you know.” This is true to an extent, but is manifesting the wrong ideals and motivators in our young people. Sure a connection can get you a job, but nepotism will cause you to lack the knowledge, skills, and motivation to reach your potential on the corporate ladder.
Career coach, Caroline Ceniza-Levine, outlined 10 ways to make yourself more hirable. Among these included leading your peers and collecting testimonials.
Here are a few ways to take advantage of these two points:
- Discover what interests you: For some, this seems like an easy task. “Since I was two years old, I’ve wanted to be a firefighter and that is exactly what I am going to do.” Good for you, but for the vast majority of us, we struggle to decided where we want to invest our time.
- Lead the group: Once you figure out what interests you, invest your time. Whether you’re the captain of your team, president of your fraternity/sorority, president of your club, find a way to lead a group of people. This experience will attribute to your ability to excel and succeed in any workplace.
- Collect testimonials: Once you have made yourself stand out in a group, be sure there are both peers and professionals that can attest to your knowledge, work ethic, and success.
For some millennials, you inherited nothing and were never given a direction. This stereotype does not apply to you and you will never be given anything you attain. But, there are those millennials who were born into wealth and have been given everything they could ever want. This is not a new complex, since the beginning of economies and cultures, there have been socioeconomic classes. New statistics, according to Wojciech Kopczuk, show 35-45% of wealth is inherited rather than self-made. In this case, the millennial truly is given their wealth, but that does not mean the individual has no self-made worth. To avoid the stereotype at hand, you, the son of the wealthiest CEO in America, must seek knowledge. Above all, reading, learning, and working to your full potential ensures no one can label you as a “spoiled rotten millennial”.