There’s a lot to be said for the newest and upcoming generations entering the workforce.
We’re known for being the pros when it comes to maximizing use through different mediums of technology. We bring a ‘fresh’ mindset to the working world, appealing to a younger audience. We’re a new piece of clay that the corporate world can begin to mold into something that works for them.
It seems all of these characteristics of our generation are all in our favor, but let’s take a look at the trade-off:
- Interacting more with technology and relationships through a screen for most of our days hinder our ability to hold meaningful face-to-face relationships and connections.
- Our practice of figuring out what to say in 140 characters or less and the need for instant gratification have depreciated our ability to be patient with others
- Our choices to live and only think in the ‘Right Now’ pose serious risks to our futures.
These three trade-offs combine to form one, larger scoping problem: the ability for us, early-twenty-somethings, to be taken seriously. Our generation wants to coast. We don’t like stress. We want simple, easy direction.
In fact, a Forbes article explains,
“…task-oriented Millennial employees just want to know what to do; reading emotions can be an unhelpful chore.”
This quote makes it seem that Millennial employees are lazy, which may be true for some, but not for all.
So what can be done to move past the trade-offs and be recognized as a young professional?
Before posting an Instagram photo on the sole basis being you look cute at a tailgate with your best friend, before hitting “Tweet,” to get into a twitter fight with someone halfway across the world over a video game, before sharing an extreme political view on Facebook just to see what internet fight comes out of it…THINK.
The “Right Now,” may seem like a fun, trendy thing to do in the present, but thinking about the outcome of posting something that can be seen by the entire world at any point in time has many more benefits.
People change and grow. Believe it or not, millennials, you are not the same person you will be in the next 10 years.
If you wanted to be treated like a “real adult,” stop saying you are a “college kid.”
Stop using the word “adulting,” for completing tasks like grocery shopping or doing laundry.
Envision yourself as a young professional and others will follow and stay confident in yourself.
So how do I, a fellow millennial, have the power and wisdom to be preaching all of this to those my age or a few years older or younger?
I’m figuring it out, just like you. I want to share my experiences, feedback from others and mistakes so you don’t have to make them.
I leave you with two challenges:
- The next time you post something online, whether it’s a tweet, Instagram picture, Facebook post, LinkedIn update, ask yourself if your 10-year-into-the-future self would post that.
- Stand in front of a mirror and introduce your current self to yourself in 10 years. Who do you want to meet? What would future you think of current you? Would the future be proud of their past?
(You should also probably go clean up some old posts you made when social media was a time of updating the digital world with whatever song lyrics you connected with that day)