Living as a Millennial

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 9.19.05 PMSince the beginning of our primary education, we are taught that success is the key to everything. It’s the key to happiness and to a great life. But what does being successful mean? As a millennial in today’s world, success could mean different things, especially when looking from the inside out. Employers, professors, and other professionals tend to consider millennials as entitled, but we are oh so far from that. No not all of us are from the Hampton’s, not all of us got a brand new car for their 16th birthday, and not all of us have a trust fund just waiting to be used. Being a millennial, I am prone to individuals in the workplace believing that I need consistent handholding but that’s far from the truth. Working from a young age I became aware very quickly what employers are looking for in successful employee and that has nothing to do with me being a millennial or not. Combatting that stereotype of being a millennial can be easier than you think.

I believe that the most valuable aspect of life to be a great communicator; whether that’s physical communication or via social media. Technology is the new mode of communication in today’s day and age, but that doesn’t reduce the fact that you sill need to be able to speak in a professional manner. There are times when we speak to a professional in the same tone that we would our siblings or best friends. That is a big mistake. There is a fine line between work and play, and although companies in the 21st century are promoting the “play” aspect of a job, work still needs to be done. Knowing how to promote yourself over social media is a plus, but knowing how to show clients and/or co-workers your intelligence through written or verbal communication is way more important.

Although there are a lot of stereotypes about millennials out there, a  reoccurring one is that we are good with technology. It is an assumption at to say the least, but why can’t it be true? Technology has made life so much easier for us over the years so there is no harm in using it to our advantage and more importantly getting better at it. Going into a job interview knowing that you are able to perform functions on a computer that no one else has done (or heard of) is pretty empowering if you ask me. Even if employers don’t admit it right away, you being good with technology can only help their company in the long run. Maybe instead of flaunting what your momma gave you, flaunt what your education gave you. We have been blessed with great eductional opportunities in college and as students, we do not always get to use them. Why not flip these stereotypes into something truthful or meaningful?

My advice to others as a millennial myself is simple. Be humble! There are many articles out there about taking risks and being passionate, but I believe that none of that can happen without humility. The workplace is also a humble place, so maintaining that quality in the back of your mind will allow you to go the distance. Whether you are in the class room or at your first job, it takes a lot to realize what you need. It’s okay to ask for help if you need it and it’s absolutely okay to ask if you need something more challenging. Communicating that professionally to someone is key though. Without being about to develop that skill may really be something that crushes you in the end. In the end, I believe that millennials are nothing to be afraid of, but something to be excited for. We are seeking success just like the rest.

All the stereotypes aside, we bring a fresh outlook on new possibilities and new ways to covey ideas, stories, and outcomes!

 

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10 thoughts on “Living as a Millennial

  1. Taylor,

    Being a great communicator is crucial in the workforce and can be a key factor when it comes time for promotions and such. Showing that you are able communicate with anyone in any type of situation shows that you are a team player and are able to work in any type of environments. If you can’t communicate well on a professional level, I feel that it will be hard to be successful in any type of job. Growing up in such a tech-savvy generation, I think that millennials should use the skill of being tech-savvy to their advantage in all ways possible. Being humble is a great trait to have and shows that a person understands the boundaries of the do’s and do nots. As millennials we have so much to look forward to and I believe we will beat all these stereotypes and become something special!

    1. I couldn’t agree more. I think we have so many opportunities ahead of us to look forward too! The tech world has been growing exponentially and I hope that others outside of the millennial generation should see us as an asset and not a liability!

  2. I really agree with your comment about our entire lives are surrounded being successful and unless we follow these strict guidelines that society gives us we are failures. Your point on communication is very accurate, and i agree that in the workplace its even more important.

    1. I think on that point of success a lot. It seems to me like although we are “expected” to stay within these guidelines that someday we will be able to show that we can be our own generation without being seen as a failure.

  3. Taylor,
    I agree that we as Millennials can easily break the stereotypes that older generations label us with. Technology has done a great deal in making our lives easier, though it hasn’t made us lazy. At least I don’t believe it has. Access to the internet has allowed us to reach broader audiences, and in turn has actually allowed us to be more productive. We can easily beat the stereotypes we have been labeled with, and its hard to believe the stereotypes we were labeled with.

    -Aaron

    1. As much as I’d like to say it hasn’t made us lazier, in certain aspects it probably has. But if you think of it in a way that its not making us “lazier” just making things easier, that may be a little me appropriate. I don’t see any harm in making that business world a more cohesive and easy place to have a profession. By showing that we aren’t lazy because of technology but rather using it to our advantage I believe can make the world of a difference.

  4. I totally agree with the boundaries we need to keep on how we talk with or friends and family, and how we talk to our employers/bosses. I am not the best at communicating with people of authority, but not because I talk to them like a friend but because I think, as a millennial, we don’t know what is appropriate to say to them. I do agree that we need to start understanding and learning how to talk to our bosses! This will be a very valuable aspect in earning respect from them and having them think we will be a good addition to the work place.

    1. I definitely agree with the confusion of talking to a professional. It is hard to understand what employees expects. I feel that some companies are looking for a laid back culture but there are others who absolutely do not want that culture. I think as we grow older that we will need to figure out (quickly) what each person that we are interacting with wants.

  5. Taylor,
    I really like your first point about success meaning many different things, and all of us starting from different points. Many assumptions are often made about this generation that kind of just come from thin air. I also love your part on humility, any time I’m speaking to someone in the job hunt I ask what the most important characteristic is on the job, and they almost always say humility. You make some great points!

    1. Hi Caleb,

      Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed my point on success. Personally I have been struggling with what I think that means and how to get there. I doubt that I am the only one that feel that either. I never thought about asking that question. It’s interesting to me that humility is their answer!

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