Millennials Making Moves

screen-shot-2010-06-30-at-3-37-16-pm1I get intimidated very easily, especially when I am trying to impress someone. I currently work for a company, Pure Barre, where I am the second youngest staff member, and one of the overall youngest clients in the studio. I am surrounded by hundreds of people that are a part of generation X, and they expect perfection under every circumstance. This group is criticizes millennials for being lazy, entitled, and too technology focused. While it can be frustrating that older groups believe these stereotypes, the best thing you could do is make a conscious effort to prove them wrong. At Pure Barre, I try to respond to emails as quickly as possible, volunteer my time when they need help, and ensure that my coworkers see me as a reliable and responsible person. Although these may seem like little things, people do notice, and will take note of it.

The Assumptions: The list of stereotypes is extensive and range all the way from narcissistic to job hoppers. However, instead of letting these remarks get under your skin, we should take the criticism with a grain of salt and learn how to address the assumptions made about us. There is a high chance that going into an interview, the employer is going to be a part of this generation that sees the younger, less experienced kids as a future concern. Therefore, thinking ahead and making the conscious effort to analyze every choice before you make it, will decrease the chance of conflict later on. When it comes down to it, you need to show that you are capable of getting your job done, despite the hundreds of temptations and distractions that surround us on a daily basis.

Technology isn’t a bad thing: Growing up with a deep understanding of technology is a bittersweet quality. We understand the importance of timeliness and speed, and know how to filter through a vast amount of information that is readily available. However, we struggle when it comes to paying attention for long periods of time and face to face communication. That being said, it is important incorporate technology only when it is necessary and appropriate. For me, social media is the tool to success when it comes to my Campus Representative position at Pure Barre. It is the most effective way to reach a large amount of people. However, in the studio itself I have to make sure to actually engage with clients face to face. Those in person connections are so crucial in developing positive relationships.

Experience is everything: Unfortunately, having a college degree in today’s society is not the “make it or break it” point. Since more and more people are going on to pursue higher education, we have to go out and work full-time internships with no pay, and take extra classes simply to gain an extra skills that will put us at a higher competitive advantage. Although it comes off as “job hopping” to some, it is okay to experience different work environments when starting out, even if it is just for a couple of years at time, because it means you are growing and moving forward. The important part is to make the most of each of those experiences, and foster good relationships that will be beneficial in the future during the time there.

Jobs that don’t feel like work : Something I have learned from coworkers and role models in my life that are apart of Generation X, is that it is easier to make sacrifices if you are doing something that you’re passionate about. Sometimes our generation can come off as entitled because we have grown up constantly being rewarded for every little thing we do, but nothing compares to the internal satisfaction that comes from working hard at what you love. Even if the pay isn’t spectacular, and it is a long uphill battle to get things done, it is worth the struggle because we know we are more than just the “Participation Trophy” generation.

Every generation tends to feel superior to others, but instead of building walls up we should be learning from each other’s experiences. Just because our generations may have different values and ways of approaching things, doesn’t mean one is superior to the other. Generation X and the Baby Boomers are making an effort to understand what our needs are, so we should also be reaching out to them for advice that will help meet their expectations.

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6 thoughts on “Millennials Making Moves

  1. Hi! Wow, I really loved your essay. One of my favorite parts was at the very end when you said”…we should be learning from each others experience,” as opposed to trying to feel superior. I think this is critical as well. We all should learn from each other and the experiences that we have had. I also really loved when you talked about how much easier it is to make sacrifices when you are doing something that you love, this speaks so much to me. I have learned this myself very recently. Doing what you love makes the job that much better. Great job!

  2. Hi Brittany. I love the way that you organized your post and wrote about embracing aspects of our generation as opposed to fixing our flaws. I feel like your post was really about bridging generation gaps and learning from each other. My favorite segment was the part about embracing different job opportunities and exploring options to gain experience. I think it was a creative way to combat the “job-hopping” stereotype I wouldn’t have thought of. I think it’s important how you addressed the interview process and that we have to go in knowing assumptions that others have of us. I think it’s a better tactic than just being blind-sighted. We need to fully understand other generations and how they view us and our generation.

  3. The first graphic you use does a nice job of making the first few lines smaller. The alliteration in the title is great, and it is also a cultural reference directed at millennials. Your first paragraph gives good direction for the rest of the post. You offer great advice and solutions to the problems you pose. You do a nice job contextualizing the stereotypes of millennials in relation to generation x/older generations. You add good idioms that make the post easy and interesting to read. You do a good job breaking down and organizing the information and you also do a good job selecting a variety of stereotypes.

  4. Hey there, Brittany! Your organization made this blog post extremely easy to read and understand. You did a great job with your introduction, making it clear as to what the rest of the post was to be about. It is nice to hear that trying many different jobs before pursuing a career can be a beneficial thing for millennials. I think this will give millennials confidence to go out there and try anything they can to gain experience in working in the real world. You also did a nice job highlighting the current stereotypes millennials have and explaining that going into an interview ready to prove these stereotypes wrong is just what employers are looking to see. Keep up the good work!

  5. Hey! Starting out with the point that we should use the stereotypes to our advantage and learn how they can ultimately benefit us was perfect. The struggles with paying attention and face-to-face interaction was a good piece because though technology is very helpful and effective it can create other problems as you pointed out. I love how you wrapped up your blog post by saying instead of building up walls between generations lets learn from each other and work together to make something truly amazing. One little preference I have is either two pictures or one in the middle because it keeps me engaged but that is just something I like. Overall awesome job!

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