What we are Facing as Millennials


Older generations have always ridiculed younger generations, and that’s just the way it goes. Some call us “Generation Y Bother”, or, “Millennials: The New Office Morons.” The growing stereotypes surrounding our generation, roughly ages 18 to 33, are irrelevant compared to the products we can produce. We sure have a bad reputation already, and as soon as we walk through the door, our older co-workers will be waiting for us to make the mistakes they have so come to believe all Millennials make.

It is being said that we are entitled and narcissistic, expecting promotions quickly without having to climb the corporate ladder, that we need excessive praise and affirmation, and that we’re lazy and arrogant. It seems that there is a lot of negativity surrounding the way we function as a whole, but c’mon, we ARE on course to becoming the most educated generation in the history of the United States. Although millennials are the only ones of the four living generations that don’t cite work ethics as one of their principle claims to distinctness, we mark technology use as our main unique skill, differing from all prior generations.

We are changing the game in the corporate world. Being the most ethnically and racially diverse generation to hit the ground, we mark ourselves as liberal, tolerant, smart, fashionable, highly innovative, confident, upbeat, passionate, tech savy, media socialites who are ready to do things differently. Although we are competing with millions of more experienced workers who have been laid off, in the worst economic times since the Great Depression, we are still landing jobs and changing the face of business.

Three quarters of us have created a profile on a social networking site, one in five have posted a video of ourselves online, nearly four in ten have a tattoo (and one is not enough for most who do), nearly one in four have a piercing some place other than an earlobe (about six times the share of older adults who’ve done this). None of this sounds classically corporate.

No other generation is primed for the web like us, and no other generation has influenced it more. Everything around us is turning technological, and with that we need to keep in mind we are the best at it. We grew up with the explosion of the world wide web and are natural internet connoisseurs. Here’s a toast to the most diverse generation on course to becoming America’s most educated in our history.


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