The company I am interning for recently held an online conference on how to manage and interact with millennials (defined as persons born between the 1980s and early 2000s) in the work place. The conference highlighted many commonly perceived qualities found in millennials, such as laziness and self-entitlement.
As a millennial, I found this extremely distasteful.
Although there are obviously exceptions, I have found my college peers to be extremely hardworking. We exceed academically, volunteer, and somehow find time to pursue our non-academic interests. We’re in touch with the outside world, and are constantly learning and working via the internet. We are driven.
Now, I realize that I may be overgeneralizing; the population of young adults that I consistently interact with at my private school may or may not be an accurate representation of America’s typical adolescents.
But what I am saying is this: the upcoming American workforce is about to undergo a revolution. My generation brings with it an extraordinary amount of creativity, and a never before seen work and lifestyle integration. We are the most diverse generation thus far, and we will bring about some hardcore change.
Baby Boomers and members of Generation X may grumble about our smart phones and seemingly illogical work schedule, but by doing so, they prove their lack of foresight, and underestimate our potential.
With that, I’ll leave you with some fab videos. Check ’em out.
Why Millennials Matter:
Millennial Response to Baby Boomers: