By 2050 the world’s workforce will be dominated by millennials as half the workforce will consist of them/us. The millennial revolution is coming, Grandpa, so buckle up – it’s going to be a confusing ride.
Arguably the hardest part of being a millennial is dealing with the torrent of stereotypes associated with you because of the time you were born. We didn’t choose this world. Trust me, if we could, I would have been a prospector’s son in 1885 not a middle-class online writer in 2016.
The only thing we have to combat such vicious generalisations is our voices and actions. And while most of the effort is put into crafting Tumblr effigies like you’ll see below, here are the four most common millennial stereotypes that are just untrue, reports The Guardian.
1. “We’re too entitled”
We’re not entitled, it’s just that we don’t settle for the mediocre. It’s rare to start a family before 30 these days so, for the first time, young people actually have time to forge their own path – even if it means working a boring part-time job on the side. The average millennial would rather shoot for the stars instead of settling on something that makes them ‘kind-of-happy’
2. “We’re too lazy”
Just because we’re not burning the midnight oil every day in the office and start to go grey by 26, doesn’t mean we’re not committed to the cause. Years of multi-tasking have given us the natural ability to balance life and work. We work remotely on our phones a lot of the time too – that’s not laziness, it’s just more efficient.
3. “We work to live rather than live to work”
Baby Boomers talk a lot about the work/life balance whereas when millennials write about this topic the word ‘integration’ is used so much more often. We’re trying to meld our passions into our schedules so that we are doing what we love as much as humanly possible.
4. “We can’t commit to one job”
Millenials don’t have the attention span to stay at one job, right? How could we? We’re so incredibly entitled, lazy and unbalanced. But seriously, young people have always been job-hoppers. Research shows that job tenures for Americans in their 20s today are almost exactly the same as they were in the 1980s – but you’re right, we are the absolute worst.
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