Millennial Myths

Millennial Myths

What are they?

Millennials can be identified by 1 common factor. Simply put if you were born between the early 80’s and the early 00’s you are eligible to be part of Generation Y and known as a Millennial. Like our predecessor’s Generation X the label itself is of little detriment and membership to this club is not optional. In general it is an easy way to quickly refer to a whole cohort of individuals of a certain age.

We are a racially and culturally diverse generation who enjoyed the thrills and spills of growing up during the technology boom, which in turn has “equipped us” with a predisposition to certain personality traits, not all of them favorable.

Generally seen as a non-conformist generation, we have gained a range of AKA’s over the years from “Generation Y” to “Generation Me” and “Trophy Kids” most of which have some form of negative connotation highlighting the issues with the current discussion on Millennials.

What is the Problem? 

In recent times I have noticed a popular trend of not so positive blogs, articles and media explaining the intricacies of working with, hiring and even simply getting along with Millennials in the work place. Of course everyone has different opinions but as with every other generation before us we are not all the same and don’t require a specialist “Millennial friendly” approach, which is what I would like to address.

Of course there are some Millennials that tick all the boxes for the current stereotype, ie slightly narcissistic, lazy, afraid of commitment, lacking in social skills outside of social media etc the list goes on. However in my 10 years of being a part of the working world I have also come across many people that could fit neatly into this box had they been born in the right year.

Born in 1988 I am, theoretically a true Millennial and should be a rather self-centred, lazy and unambitious individual. Bearing this in mind I was intrigued by the results offered to me by the How Millennial Are You? Quiz conducted by Pew Research Centre (you can find it here) scoring a 47, my personality type is more akin to the ambitious, well balanced and family orientated Gen Xer’s before us.

So if a truly generational Millennial doesn’t fit the stereotype, how many more of us have to live with these assumptions? And how many of us will it take to gain a better reputation for our truly diverse generation?

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