Being young in the workplace used to be like an ancient curse. It was as if the older generation knew it all and needed no help to succeed. Luckily for millennials, that is no longer the case. We live in a fast-paced environment that changes from day to night in the blink of an eye. Technology and workplace dynamics are no longer the ropes our parents taught us. Along with these changes comes the professional development of the millennial generation. I see being young in the workplace a plus rather than a downfall.
The biggest advantage millennials have over the gen-x and the baby boomer generation is technology. Like I mentioned before, things are changing fast. The workplace has many added factors, such as social media, that our elders struggle to manage. Blog posts, videos, media and new technology are things that millennials can pick up within seconds. We’re quick thinkers and fast do-ers when it comes to new forms of media and embracing them to spread a message. The rapid adaptability to new technology is an impressive skillset and one that many companies search for in employees. The workplace is only going to become more dependent on technology as time goes on and millennials are ready for the advances.
As a developing young professional, I embrace my youth. Why? Because being young and taking that at full force means there’s room to improve the skills I’m already practicing. I’m at the stage of my life where I consider myself a growing professional open to learning. I’m not too young to not recognize responsibility, but I’m not too old to have difficulty learning new concepts. My professional life is just beginning and my fast mind is ready to tackle it.
I used to think that being young was a curse. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it does get hard to get older professionals to take those of us who are still up and coming seriously. However, young professionals are go getters. We still have so much time ahead of us and are already accomplishing incredible things.
In October 2014, the The Council of Economic Advisers at the White House did a study on the millennial generation. These facts they discovered showcase the driving force of this growing generation. Some of them are:
- Millennials “are the most diverse and educated generation to date: 42 percent identify with a race or ethnicity other than non-Hispanic white, around twice the share of the Baby Boomer generation when they were the same age.”
- “About 61 percent of adult Millennials have attended college, whereas only 46 percent of the Baby Boomers did so.”
- “More Millennials have a college degree than any other generation of young adults.”
- “Millennial women are attending college and attaining degrees in greater numbers than in the past.”
On the other side of the spectrum, millennials definitely have large challenges to face in front of us. The economy isn’t at its peak, student debt is increasing and unlike previous generations, a degree does not guarantee a job after graduation. Nevertheless, we are fighting these battles and in the words of the White House document presented above, “no generation has been better equipped to overcome them than Millennials.”
I look around to my fellow brothers who are pursuing their degrees and think of all the amazing, newly innovative ideas each one of them can bring to the table. We’re diverse, we’re all different and we’re young; nothing can stop a generation driven by change and innovation.