Being a Millennial is easy – ‘it was harder back in the day’

Lucy Hayball, 2017

I was scrolling through Facebook today when I came across this video. If you haven’t seen it already I would really recommend watching it. I couldn’t help but not write a post about it….

View the video here

The video seemed to be going viral with people stating how he had ‘NAILED what it means to be a Millennial’. So obviously, I watched the video wondering what exactly his opinion was. It is one of the most misunderstood generations after all. But the video was based on looking at the generation as if everyone was educated in the same way, had equal opportunities and more. I found myself wholeheartedly agreeing with some parts and completely disagreeing with others.

Trying to find jobs today is hard – even intern jobs. Viewing job descriptions where you need more experience or more qualifications. Needing more than what we have. We are growing up in with such an uncertain look on adulthood and further. ‘Are we good enough? Will we get jobs which we will be happy in? Cue the response questions saying ‘You knew what you were going into’ and ‘Just take any job and be grateful’. It’s become engrained in our heads that we should have to start at the very bottom in order to reach any success. Start at the bottom if we want any hope of reaching the property ladder or any hope of a retirement plan.

This cloud of doubt has made us grow up with the ‘I’m fine’ and ‘It will get better’ motto. I mean part of what he said was right in some sense. We have grown up in a social-approval society but is that truly our fault? I will put my hands up and say that I feel pressured to do well to prove to people I can do it. Prove that I can make it. We know that life isn’t going to be easy. Having to go to multiple interviews hoping that that one different thing in our CV will make us stand out. This cloud of doubt is what makes us think of that impact we want to create. In the video, he said that Millennials want to make an impact straight away in a job without ‘seeing the summit’. We know that things will take time but what is wrong with having a goal – even if we have a summit to climb? Something to work towards, is that so wrong? I was fairly lucky with my placement applications, but some people have been turned down by many companies. It knocks your confidence and almost ends up being a race for who can survive the longest.

Entitled? I think not? Why should we settle for less when things are already so uncertain? Let us have these dreams and goals. Let us dream of our futures.

So maybe, the constant feeling of not being good enough is society’s view of us. The fact that we fear failure and not being good enough. Blaming parenting and environments doesn’t work anymore. The problem we face is growing up in a world of digital perfection – but is that our fault? People assuming that we collectively are the same, all lazy, self-interested and entitled. Being brought up in a society that produces filters on life so that everyone thinks you live a perfect life. Not showing the day to day troubles of ‘making it’. It is this time when we need the encouragement from employers and parents. Encourage us to succeed and who knows what the future holds for many industries. We don’t want a free pass in life. We are willing to work hard and have the same advantages and security as we aspire to have.

We are people. Individuals with dreams and goals on where we want life to take us. Individuals with passions and interests. We aren’t all robots. We aren’t all lazy, self-interested and entitled. But collectively, we are strong. We can get through not being good enough for 20 companies. We know we can’t sponge off our parents forever. We know about the dangers of a digital world. And give us time, we will come out even stronger. We will have the ability to be resourceful and make our way up that summit no matter how hard it is.

So when watching the video and thinking ‘ah yes that is so true’ just sit back and think about it for a while. While it may appear that things were easier ‘back in the day’, in reality, life is hard no matter what generation you fall into. Our issue is tackling society’s image of us whilst also trying to find our way. But when we do, watch out. Not lazy, entitled or self-interested. Strong and educated about life.

I know that I have huge goals, but regardless of how big they are, I will still aim to achieve them. I’m happy to wait for things. Things happen at different stages in life and that is ok with me. So as I said earlier, each person in this generation has a different experience in life. We have our own goals and opinions. We aren’t robots. We are people with goals and aspirations and boy are we prepared to wait.

P.S – I am aware that some people may class me as a millennial, others as early generation Z. It doesn’t matter in relation to this post. The point is the same ?


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