Since 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!