Yes, I Am a Millennial and I Work
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There are a few individuals from the elder age who believe that millennials are incapable of working. To get to this conclusion, they observe adolescents and young adults using their phones or computers all of the time.
Millennials, on the other hand, know how to work and get things done.
We may learn from others' mistakes
Our parents, mentors, and famous people provide us with some of the greatest mentors and models as millennials. Many of our parents had to earn their way through college and then repay their student loans after they graduated.
They share their tales of courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. During the Great Depression, many of our ancestors performed grueling manual labor jobs to support their families.
We watch movies where individuals put forth a lot of effort to reach where they want to go. While we may not have the same experiences as they have, we may learn from their mistakes and apply what we've learned to our own life.
The hustle and grind we witness in the media, in our families, and in the world around us teaches us how to put in long hours.
We have a lot of mentors and individuals to look up to as millennials. Professional sportsmen and CEOs are role models for me when it comes to work ethic.
To learn from the likes of Steve Jobs, Kobe Bryant, and Elon Musk, we turn to them. Millennials do one thing that few generations before us have done: we ask for help.
This isn't a pleasant or simple process, but we know it's the only way we'll improve. We want instructors at school to show us where our shortcomings are and how to work with our strengths.
We ask what we can do better at work because we want to improve. Our instructors, employers, and mentors not only share their experiences with us, but also tailor their instruction to our specific needs.
They teach us things that we need to learn in order to improve, as well as assisting us along the road.
We get knowledge through school and employment
We had to put in a lot of effort in high school to stand out and be unique. We had to adjust as college applications demanded more and more from high school students.
We learned how to work by juggling numerous sports, clubs, and school activities while still doing well academically. Millennials realize that if they really want to go where they want to go, they must work hard and stand out.
At the age of 16, millennials begin their first internship. They start preparing for college early and have a strategy in mind for where they want to attend.
Even while just a small percentage of millennials get accepted into elite colleges, those who fall short have an outstanding work ethic and resilience. They, too, were pushing themselves to do their best on standardized tests and in school.
Because it is a competitive environment, school encourages us to work hard. We all want to be the greatest versions of ourselves, so we put in the effort to achieve that goal. Aside from education, beginning employment and professional work at a young age teaches us how to work hard.
Millennials begin looking for difficult employment at a young age. They join competitive groups, compete against other schools and colleges, and learn from their experiences.
Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America, and other renowned organizations are attracting millennials. These clubs and other professional environments educate us how to work hard while also expanding our network and abilities.
We are very fortunate to have access to possibilities that earlier generations may not have had. We recognize and take advantage of these opportunities to invest in ourselves and our prospects.
We're fired up
As millennials, we've seen some incredible discoveries and inventions right in front of our eyes. The internet, cellphones, and cloud technologies, to mention a few, have all evolved over time.
Growing up surrounded by innovation and growth inspires us to want to be a part of the future's innovation and development.
Consider the role models we were exposed to as children. In the realm of sports, we saw Kobe Bryant create a legacy right out of high school. We saw Steve Jobs create one of the most important businesses in history from his garage in the technological world. Even in the automotive sector, we saw Elon Musk do the seemingly impossible.
These legendary tales instill in us a sense of awe and motivation. We may not be CEOs or top sportsmen right now, but we possess the same characteristics that those heroes had when we were their age.
Those individuals were unique, and we want to be unique as well. We put in long hours, study diligently, and invest in ourselves and our future.
Based on the resources we've been provided, some may wonder whether we truly know how to work. After all, yeah, I'm a Millennial, and yes, I know how to work. We put in the effort not to be the greatest, but to become the best we can be.
Thanks to Angela Ruth at Business 2 Community whose reporting provided the original basis for this story.